East Asia Collections

The China Collection focuses on humanities and social sciences. It is particularly strong in collectanea sets (congshu), which cover 17-19th c. literary works. It holds more than 1,000 reels of microfilm from the Union Research Institute (Hong Kong) collection of PRC newspapers for the period 1949-66, and is one of only 5 such collections in the US. The Collection is also notable for its holdings on SE China (Guangdong, Fujian, Hong Kong, Taiwan), Republican-period government gazetteers, materials on Taiwan’s history in the Qing era, and presidential papers of the Republic of China. The collection of Taiwan government publications during the early period of the Chiang regime is considered one of the best outside Taiwan. Recent acquisitions include the donation of Prof. Emeritus Y. H. Ecke’s sizeable art history collection.

The Japan Collection ranks 11th among American libraries based on the number of cataloged volumes. It is especially strong in the humanities, social sciences, and performing arts, and is distinguished with several special collections, including the Frank Hawley, Sakamaki Okinawa/Ryukyu, Satsuma, Nan’yo (South Sea), and Hokkaido Collections. The Okinawa/Ryukyu Collections are considered one of the best among American universities, and the Nan’yo Collection is complemented by the Library’s Hawaiian/Pacific Collection. Over 7,000 items from the late novelist Toshiyuki Kajiyama comprise a significant collection covering Japan-Korea relations (including rare manuscripts from the Chosen Sotokufu), Japanese immigrants, Hiroshima, and the works of Kajiyama himself. These unique collections attract a steady stream of national and international researchers. The Koji Takazawa Collection of 50,000 items on post-war socialist movements in Japan is another unique set of primary resources. Websites for the Koji Takazawa Collection and the Kajiyama Collection’s Korea, immigration, and Nan’yo related materials ensure easy access to researchers.

The Korea Collection is one of the top 5 academic collections in America. It is strong in the humanities, especially history, and has been gaining in the arts and social sciences, particularly relating to 20th c. Korea. A collection of North Korean materials was acquired with previous NRCEA funding. As one of 9 members of the Korean Collections Consortium of North America, UH has received since 1994 annual grants from the Korea Foundation to acquire materials on modern social conditions, traditional music, architecture, urban planning, Cheju Island, and Korea-related materials in languages other than Chinese, Japanese, and English. Special holdings include America’s largest microfilm of the Kyujanggak Collection (classical works from the Choson Dynasty). The CKS Library holds the papers of the Tongjihoe and the Doo Soo Suh Collection. The Korea Collection attracts scholars from Korea itself; CKS annually supports an average of 5 visiting researchers using the Collection.

In addition, professional schools, such as the Law School, maintain their own collections. Some departments also have special collections, such as the EA Slide Library housed in the Art Dept. and the collection of dictionaries in the EA Dictionaries Center. CJK specialists also have cooperatively been developing cross-country resources in order to provide inter-country research.

The head librarians of the CJK collections: S. Cheng, Tokiko Bazzell, and K. Chun are experienced professionals. They participate in the activities of their respective area centers (often sitting on the Executive Committees), offer orientation programs to new graduate students, and team teach LIS 705 Asian Research and Methods. In addition, East Asia services are provided by non-EA staff in the Wong AV Center and other departments of the Library, and by the head of the Asia Collection. In December 2001, D. Perushek, who is also a Chinese literature specialist, became the University Librarian. She initiated the Library’s membership into the Pacific Rim Digital Libraries Alliance (PRDLA), a consortium of academic libraries to facilitate improved access to research materials throughout the Pacific.

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