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

Library closed from March 14, 2020 until further notice

As of March 14, NYU Libraries services are all online. Library spaces are closed until further notice.
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The NYU Division of Libraries has endorsed the pledge of the Asian/Pacific American Library Association, which has released a statement condemning racism and xenophobia in the midst of the current outbreak which has generated this list of resources.

Bobst Library Information

Search the Library Catalog - Bobcat

Search for books, journals, videos, etc. in our local libraries and special collections.

Citing Sources in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language

Asian American Resources at NYU

For assistance with Asian/Pacific/American Studies research, please contact librarian Andrew H. Lee, (212) 998-2633

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.

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BOBST Library News

NYU Special Collections –  Not specifically East Asian related, but just to keep in mind as you might need resources here -  Fales Library, Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Archives, and University Archives are all undergoing a major renovation over the next two years.  All repositories will be closed to researchers from May 21, 2020-September 7, 2020. For further information, check the renovation website: 
When completed, the on-site collections will have a new home on Floor 3, in more than 17,000 square feet of secure, climate-controlled storage, connected to Floor 2 by a staff elevator. The entire project will be completed by the end of 2020

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

Searching at Bobst Library

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. If you are looking for journal articles, try searching our many databases. With EBSCO Discovery Services, you can search over 400 databases at once.  From "The Arch" 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 computer, or your own by logging on with your NYU Net ID, whether in the library or not.

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.

Archival material and special collections resources related to East Asia are held in Fales Library and Special Collections, and the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. 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 LibraryAsia 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. Email:

Language learning

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

These are selected resources, please email if you have one to recommend!

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)

National Library of China
Digital Library

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

National Diet Library of Japan
National Digital Library 

National Library of Korea
Digital Collections

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

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.

East Asian Studies Librarian

Not at Bobst Library?

Need a resource that we don't appear to have, request the material via InterLibrary Loan or E-ZBorrow. Or, if you are in NYC and are an NYU doctoral student or full-time faculty member, try MaRLI, the Manhattan Research Library Initiative. MaRLI enables cardholders from NYU, Columbia, and NY Public Library to borrow materials from all three institutions. Registration is required.

Recommend a Purchase for the Library

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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

East Asian Image Collections

For images of the Hong Kong Protests on the Internet Archive, see Hong Kong Protests Collection 2019

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