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East Asian Studies

This guide provides access to key resources for East Asian Studies at NYU and elsewhere.

Welcome to the East Asian Studies Library Guide

The East Asian Studies Collection at Bobst Library reflects the history of East Asian Studies at NYU. An East Asian Studies program came into existence in the 1980s and the East Asian Studies Department was created in the late 1990s. Graduate degree candidates were admitted in the Fall of 2004. With assistance from faculty in the East Asian Studies Department, the East Asian Studies Librarian began building the library collection in the 1990s.

The Collection includes materials in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, as well as resources in English and other languages about the region of East Asia. For assistance with locating materials or with conducting research on East Asia in English, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, please contact the East Asian Studies Librarian. 

Finding East Asian Studies Materials at Bobst Library - Request Online

Searching at Bobst Library 

Since entering Bobst Library is limited due to the pandemic, start your search with our library catalog, Bobcat. You can search by title, author, keyword, subject heading, ISBN, and more. You can limit your search to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language holdings, or also search directly in East Asian languages. Ebooks are available from the online catalog, and as of Fall Semester, print materials can be requested online with some scanning and contactless pickup or delivery options available.

If you are looking for journal articles, try searching our many databases. With EBSCO Discovery Services, you can search over 400 databases at once, or use many of the online CJK databases at NYU. Check the individual Chinese, Japanese, and Korean E-Resource Collection tabs for details.  From the Articles and Databases tab you can browse East Asian Studies databases, or search a particular database if you know its name. Contact the East Asian Studies librarian to learn how to do all of this and more.

Locating Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials within the library

Books, reference books, and non-current periodicals written in the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages are located in the 10th Floor North Reading Room, or may be offsite and can be requested through our Bobcat catalog.

Books, reference books, and bound journals about East Asia written in Western languages are located on floors 1-9, or may be offsite and can be requested through our Bobcat catalog.

Current issues of print periodicals are in the Current Periodicals room on the 3rd floor. Older issues are on the 10th Floor, or may be offsite and can be requested through our Bobcat catalog.

Databases, e-Books, and online resources can be used from any NYU Library computer, or your own by logging on with your NYU Net ID, whether in the library or not.

Films, Videorecordings, DVDs, and other visual materials are in the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media, 7th floor (search the Bobcat catalog to locate them as you would books, reference books, and journals. In the Advanced Search screen, you can limit "Material Type" to video for your search. You can also limit the language to Chinese, Japanese, or Korean). For online videos of documentary and feature films, try Films on Demand: Area Studies Video Collection, and search by country, or Kanopy Streaming, Criterion Collection, or Asian Films Online.

Archival material and special collections resources related to East Asia are held in the Fales Library and Special Collections, and the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives in the Special Collections Center. Check their websites for hours and to search their finding aids. For example: interested in East Asian serials or Asian American serials in the archives? Check out the finding aid for the newly processed collection at Tamiment Library: Asia Serials TAM.779

For finding data or GIS, please check with our Data Services Department. It is located on the 5th Floor, Research Commons, Bobst Library. Send Email to

Language learning resources at NYU Library

Mango is an online language-learning system that provides instruction for Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and other languages. Includes audio and video learning tools.

For Japanese language learning: Tadoku books (readers)
Access Japanese language learning e-book readers with Maruzen ebook Library
にほんご多読ブックス/Nihongo tadoku bukkusu (34 vols.)
にほんごよむよむ文庫/Nihongo Yomuyomu bunko (43 vols.)


East Asian Digital Collections

National Collections

Library of Congress:
China - World Digital Library (Library of Congress and others)

Japan  - World Digital Library (Library of Congress and others)

Korea - World Digital Library (Library of Congress and others)

Library of Congress Digital Collections 
Collection of Japanese Posters at The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division: This is an ongoing project from LC to digitize its Japanese posters. 

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
The China Collection

British Library
Japanese pattern and design books: Exquisite Patterns.
Holdings of hiinagata-bon: Japanese textile design books and zuanchō: Japanese design albums in the late Meiji Period with links to catalog records and digitized items

Cultural Japan
A digital platform that connects collections related to Japanese culture published in museums and libraries from around the world,

Digital Library

NDLTD in Taiwan
National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations in Taiwan

National Diet Library of Japan
National Digital Library 
Birth of the Constitution of Japan

National Library of Korea
Digital Collections

Academic Libraries

Harvard University
Carter D. Holton Collection
more than 5,000 historical photos taken in Northwestern China

Testament to Manchukuo
a recent acquisition of 2,000 items from Manchukuo
​postcard collection 

Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection: Harvard Art Museum's current exhibition was moved online (5/2020).

East Asia Image Collection

University of Oregon
e-Asia Digital Library

University of Pittsburgh
Chinese Political Prisoners
Collection includes 104 photographs of Chinese political prisoners taken between 1924-1946. Each photograph is  2 x 1 inches in size. Possibly political prisoners from the French concession in Shanghai during the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Overseas Chinese Studies Newsletters
Content reflects literary and artistic creations, thoughts on social, economic, and political issues in the 1960s and 1970s. 832 individual newsletters from 169 serial newsletters. 15,833 scanned pages.

University of Hawaii at Manoa Library
The Emery D. Middleton Collection: Photos during the Allied Occupation of Japan
The image site contains over 600 photo images taken in Okinawa and elsewhere in Japan between 1945-1947 while Middleton served in the Okinawa Campaign of the Pacific and then during the Occupation of Japan as Battalion Commander of the Military Police.
His biography provided by his daughter and donor, Anne Schneider.

USC Libraries 
Unpinning History--Japanese Posters in the Age of Commercialism, Imperialism, and Modernism
A unique collection of Japanese posters that were produced in the 1910s and 1920s. Curated by the “Later Japanese Art” class of Spring 2020, the exhibition focuses on approximately half of the collection to illuminate themes emblematic of Japan in the tumultuous Taishō (1912-1926) and early Shōwa (1926-1989) periods. 

Ritsumeikan University, Art Research Center (ARC)
The Gion Festival Digital Museum 2020: The Past, Present, and Future of the Gion Festival
Digitized cultural resources related to the summer Gion festival, including the Funeboko and Hachiman-yama floats, as well as the Nagae Family Residence, a large-scale Kyo-machiya designated a cultural property by the city of Kyoto. This collection contains maps, audio-visual materials, photographs and images, paintings, old videos, and documents.


East Asian Digital Scholarship Resources

Digital Scholarship Resources for East Asian Studies and Beyond compiled by the Committee on Technical Processing (CEAL) in summer 2018

This list includes:
Biographic Databases
Geographic Databases
Bibliographic Databases
Digital Platforms
Digital Infrastructure and Frameworks
DH Tools
DH Library Resources


East Asian Studies at NYU

Department of East Asian Studies, Arts and Sciences, New York University

NYU China House

U.S.-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law

East Asian Resources in New York City

Asian American Resources at NYU

For assistance with Asian/Pacific/American Studies research, please contact NYU librarian Andrew H. Lee.
For the Department, contact the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU also has collections of interest.

Guide to the Yoshio Kishi and Irene Yah-Ling Sun Collection, 1860-2010
MSS.292,  Fales Library and Special Collections
Yoshio Kishi was an award-winning New York City-based film and sound editor. For four decades, Kishi has been an avid collector of materials that trace the depiction of Asian Americans in U.S. intellectual and popular culture, and of materials produced by Asian American activists to counter such cultural stereotypes. This collection contains movie posters, magazines, cartoons, comic books, films, sheet music, objects, and other items collected by Kishi that depict Asians and Asian Americans throughout the 19th and 20th centuries in America.


Citing Sources in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language

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