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A Chinese-English dictionary of enigmatic folk similes (xiehouyu)
Main, 2nd floor 398.9 R636c
Historical dictionary of revolutionary China, 1839-1976
REFERENCE, 1st floor 951 H629
Hsin Han Ying tz'u tien = New Chinese-English dictionary
Main, 2nd floor 495.1 N425
The Indiana companion to traditional Chinese literature
Main, 3rd floor 895.109 In2 v.1 and 2
Modern Chinese fiction : a guide to its study and appreciation : essays and bibliographies
Main, 3rd floor 895.135 Y16m
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