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Asian Studies E-Books Online

From today, Leiden University has full access to Brill’s Asian Studies ebook collection 2007-2012, part of Brill’s platform for ebooks and journals called Brill Online books and journals.
Leiden University has always had a strong focus on Asian studies, and Brill’s Asian ebooks cover this subject perfectly. Many of Brill’s recent academic works on China, Japan and Korea are part of this collection, and some well known earlier publications are incorporated too.
All fulltext and searchable publications are available for download (PDF): either from inside our university, or after logging in from home with ULCN name and password.

Searching is easy by using the search screen and then restricting by subject or time of publication; it is also possible to search for chapters in books.

Here is the full list of the Asian Studies E-Books Online through Brill :

Books to be found in this large collection include, for example, Erik Zürcher’s The Buddhist Conquest of China; Van Crevel’s Chinese Poetry in Times of Mind, Mayhem and Money; Kevin M. Doak’s A History of Nationalism in Modern Japan; and Remco Breuker’s Establishing a Pluralist Society in Medieval Korea, 918-1170.

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December 17, 2012 at 9:20 am 2 comments

Kikkoman chair for Leiden University

Kikkoman less saltIt was all over the news last weekend, because the major Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf picked it up: Leiden University will get a ‘Hoogleraar Sojasaus’ (soy sauce professor) or ‘Kikkoman Chair‘ in 2013.

Of course (or unfortunately perhaps?) this does not mean there will be someone specializing in the various tasty soy sauces of Japan – or China. It means the large Japanese soy sauce firm Kikkoman, which has been in Europe for 15 years now, will fund a professorship at Leiden University. Together with the ‘Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst‘ they will appoint a professor and a scholarship student for the so called “Kikkoman Chair for the study of Asia-Europe intercultural dynamics, with special attention to material culture, art and human development“.

The press release at Leiden University (‘Nieuwe Kikkoman leerstoel‘) states there is a perfect candidate for this position of professor, but no names are yet disclosed. These will probably be announced shortly.

[Update: Shared Taste]

Read all about soy sauce (dutch) on Tokowijzer: sojasaus

October 22, 2012 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

Mo Yan wins 2012 Nobel prize in literature

Quite to the surprise of the many Haruki Murakami lovers at the East Asian Library, Chinese novelist Mo Yan (莫言, 1955) has won this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature!

October 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm 1 comment

ebooks trial De Gruyter

There is a short (but sweet?) trial access to all of De Gruyter‘s ebooks until July 7, 2012.

Go to De Gruyter Online to browse their close to 9000 ebooks on all kinds of subjects. You can search for titles, but also browse by category. There are some interesting titles to be found on China, Japan and Korea.

There is the complete fulltext of the studies in Chinese literature from the series ‘Geschichte der Chinesische literatur‘, but one can also find works on liguisitics like ‘Early Child Cantonese‘ or a study on the grammar of the Chinese Xiang Dialects.
Whatever you are interested in – it might be useful to take a quick look to browse around to see what you can come up with, while it is free!

June 28, 2012 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

Special collections: Art and material culture

Art and material culture

With financial aid from the Hulsewé-Wazniewski-Stichting (HWS, Hulsewé-Wazniewski Foundation), the Stichting Visuele Presentatie van de Chinese Geschiedenis (Foundation for the Visual Representation of Chinese History) of the late Prof. Eric Zürcher and the Faculty of Humanities (previously Faculty of Arts), the East Asian Library acquired a large collection of books on art and material culture.

(Part of ) this extensive collection is accessible in a specially created Art Room or Kunstkamer, which also has a scanner. If you are interested in this collection, or in using the art room or the other art books, please go to the East Asian Library main desk. (more…)

April 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

Chinese dvds

We have a large collection of Chinese DVDs, 300 of which are in our catalogue – click this link to find them.
But did you know we have many many more yet uncatalogued DVDs inside our library on the shelves? This list is a ‘quick and dirty’ list of a large stack of the DVDs we have, put on alphabet of the English title. For the alphabetic list of the Chinese titles in pinyin, please scroll down.
These DVDs can be viewed inside the library on the special pcs we have for films or on the large screen; they can’t be taken outside. If you are interested in viewing a title, contact the staff of the lending desk and they will try to locate the DVD for you. Read on to view the list of titles: (more…)

August 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm Leave a comment

Qiushi 求是

We have fulltext access from anywhere inside Leiden University to the English version of Qiushi 求是, the main organ of the Chinese Communist party. The English version started in 2009, so we have access to Qiushi from their first English issue.

Of course, one can also read the original Chinese version of Qiushi 求是 through the large ejournal portal ‘China Ademic Journals‘ (CAJ). We have access to all issues since 1958.

August 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

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