The East Asian library is one of the oldest libraries of Asian studies in Europe with a large collection on China, Japan and Korea. Although the core of our collection consists of (often unique) materials in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, we also have many books and journals in Western languages. Our collection of online sources – both free and licensed- is growing, and we have a large collection of Asian films which can be viewed (with or without headsets) in our special multimedia zone.
This website wants to be a guide to all things related to the East Asian Library. We will blog on eresources, handy tips and tools for reference. Please contact us for information, we are here to help you!
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Our library has access to Airiti TEPS 台湾电子期刊服务网 or Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services, a collection with over 900 fulltext journals from Taiwan in the fields of humanities – including religion, philosophy, history, art, linguistics, literature, anthropology – and social sciences – including education. There are also journals in the field of medical science, natural sciences and applied sciences. Most of the journals are in Chinese, but there are also several journals in English. Use the search screen on the top left to search for articles or journal titles.
Most of the journals are roughly available from 2005, although some journal archives are from an even earlier date. Journals are published online within several weeks of their publication and are ordered by date, newest first.
All fulltext articles have a short abstract in Chinese and English, and are available to download as a PDF file, just click the orange icon top right saying .
All journals are accessible from home for university students and staff with your ULCN username and password, through the ‘Find Databases’ option in the library catalogue, or else this link to Airiti TEPS.
Our library has arranged for a trial access to the Oxford Bibliographiess, a carefully selected set of authoritative research guides in a wide area of subject areas, including social sciences, humanities, area studies, history, religion and law. It is a great resource to start your search for good validated sources in a particular field.
Each subject area has a board of editors and expert contributors who have written on the subject. The list of research fields is updated regularly and forthcoming research fields are found at the bottom of the subject area’s main page.
For each research field, referred to as ‘articles’, there is a one page introduction with a list of titles providing General Overviews or General Studies of the subject chosen, plus a selection of Reference works and other Guides to Sources or Primary Data Sources. Depending on the field, there are extensive lists of collections, periodicals, compendia, translated works or other relevant sources. Have a look at the entries for ‘China Studies‘ or ‘Buddhism‘ for example, with subjects like Chinese Cinema or China’s One Child Policy, for example.
All recommended articles or books on every subject have a short four-line review and a nice option to save or download its citation to, for example, Endnote or Zotero. A second handy feature makes you ‘Find this resource’ at our own library, or through WorldCat or Google Books. Our link resolver SFX will take you automatically to the fulltext or to the printed copy, if we have it at our library.
To learn more, you are welcome to watch the guided tour for students or for faculty through ‘Take a Tour‘. Our trial to ‘Oxford Bibliographies’ will run until February 14.
Asian Film Online is an online streaming video collection of nearly 500 narrative feature films, documentaries, and shorts, addressing themes such as modernity, globalization, national identity, female agency, inequalities in opportunity amid social and political unrest, and cultural and sexual identity.
For China there are 32 films, 23 films on Japan, and quite a few – 105 to be exact- for South Korea! Of course other Asian countries like India, Iran, Maylasia, Indonesia or Singapore are represented as well.
Just like Alexander Street Anthropology (also known as ‘Ethnographic Video Online‘) all films have transcripts, which are highlighted to show which part you are viewing; one can search through the transcript for a certain text and then jump to the section one is looking for. You can also make clips of any film to save in your own set (free registration), which you can then embed or share.
We have trial access to all these films until February 23, 2014, so be sure to go and watch the trial is finished… or tell us if you like this collection and we might go ahead and make a purchase.
The incredible influence of the work of the late Erik Zürcher on the study of Chinese Buddhism calls out for a reevaluation of his contributions, to discuss his legacy, and future directions of research.
To this end, 13 scholars will make presentations at the conference: “Chinese Buddhism and the Scholarship of Erik Zürcher” in Leiden, 12-14 February 2014.
The opening of the international conference on Chinese Buddhism and the Scholarship of Erik Zürcher is on Wednesday 12 February from 10.00-11.45 hours in the Academy Building, in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix.
During the opening Mrs H.D. Zürcher-Bulten will be presented with the first copy of Buddhism in China: Collected Papers of Erick Zürcher.
The Leiden University Libraries have acquired a new set of e-books on the platform ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies), the ACLS Humanities E-Book collection or ‘HEB’ in short.
There are about 4000 e-books from the humanities, mostly area studies and historical studies. Several titles are already in use on the East Asian Library teacher shelves (i.e. Stevan Harrell’s Cultural encounters on China’s ethnic frontiers) and there are many other well read titles on China, Japan and Korea, so it is interesting to have a look! I found 70 books for China and 50 for Japan and Korea.
All titles can be found through the university catalogue as well.
Books on China:
- Tani Barlow. The Question of Women in Chinese Feminism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004.
- Dorothy Borg. The United States and the Far Eastern Crisis of 1933-1938: From the Manchurian Incident through the Initial Stage of the Undeclared Sino-Japanese War. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1964.
At Leiden University we have been buying more and more ebooks through the large ebook platform EBL or ‘Ebook Library’. For Chinastudies there are now over > 150 available ebooks. All students and staff of Leiden University can access our list of ebooks through EBL using your username and password – and the good news is you don’t have to come to the library to read them – it works just as well from home.
All books can be found through the library catalogue.
Through ‘View Details‘ one can have a look at the book’s chapters and general setup, each book can be browsed for about 5 to 10 minutes, after which time you will have to decide to ‘borrow’ or Read Online. This is like putting a personal loan on the book, but fortunately this doesn’t mean someone else can’t read this book at the same time as you!
Read the book from the screen through ‘Read Online (Available)‘. One could also Download the book as PDF or ePub and read it with Adobe Digital Editions after applying for an Adobe ID. This takes a one-time effort, after which you can download your preferred format to your phone or tablet and read it with the BlueFire app.
You can either borrow the book for 1, 2 or 3 days and how many days you want is completely up to you.
However, we’d rather have you borrow lots of times for shorter periods than borrowing for longer times and not really getting to read your book. It’s not that we expect you to be a super fast and efficient reader, but the EBL platform has a set amount of ‘borrowing credits’ for each book each year – we hope it is not used up unnecessarily. Happy reading!
We have a short (single user) trial (until June or so) to the newest addition to the large pkulaw-database (also known as the Chinalawinfo or InfolawChina databases) with the name of 法宝视频 Fabao Shipin, ‘PKULAW Videos‘.
This is a collection of 2000 recorded lectures in Chinese, mostly from the university classroom, on all kinds of (mostly legal) topics. Choose a topic from the list on the left hand side, for example ‘legal history’, ‘economic law’, ‘human rights’, etc. Most videos seem to be recorded at Beijing University, and not all of them are good quality recordings. Your level of Chinese needs to be pretty good to understand everything.
Lectures are divided into shorter clips, very often accompanied by screenshots of powerpoint presentations, which go along the topics of the lecture. They resemble MOOCS, but they are not for free. Browsing around, I found a couple of interesting lectures:
- Wu Qing, daughter of novelist Bing Xin, talks on human rights, and also on the history of her parents, in a surprisingly candid series of talks: 天赋人权.
- On intellectual law 知识产权的法律制度和国际动态
- On environmental law 中国环保法律实施的影响性因素分析
- 古典诗歌赏析与人文素质提高 on ancient Chinese poetry (6 classes)
- On Buddhism in Chinese history
There must be much more, enjoy these videos while you can and let us know if you would like the library to purchase permanent access.
Once you get to a logon screen, press the button saying ‘IP 登录’ to access the site. If there are more people trying out this database at the same time as you, you are requested to try again later that day.