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.
Contact the East Asian Studies librarian to learn how to do all of this and more.
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).
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
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.
A digital platform that connects collections related to Japanese culture published in museums and libraries from around the world
Bell Historical Postcard Collection
The Bell Historical Postcard Collection consists of over 300 postcards, bromides, and prints that were created before WWII. Most of the postcards were created in Japan along with some made in Hawai'i, China, and Taiwan (Formosa).
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.
Chinese News 加華時報 (1983-1998)
The weekly newspaper contains local and international news articles written in Chinese in addition to advertising in English and Chinese. The Chinese News has the inaugural content for the Sally T. Wong Avery collection, and features a digital archive of the newspaper created from the print archive.
Norman Spencer Photographs (1999-2019)
Norman A. Spencer, Ph.D. has taught at universities in Africa, China, and the U.S. including the China Communications University in Beijing. From 1999 to 2019 he repeatedly traveled to China documenting notable artists, writers, directors, and musicians active in the Chinese independent and underground film and art scene. Most of the photographs were taken in Beijing and later in Dali in Yunnan Province in the southwest of China.
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.
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.
Digital Scholarship Resources for East Asian Studies and Beyond (PDF) compiled by the Committee on Technical Processing (CEAL) in summer 2018
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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
An Interview with Dylan Yeats, National Diet Library Newsletter, no. 2040, August 2021, about his time with Yoshio Kishi
New Asian American Arts Publication Draws on Unique Documents From NYU Libraries Fales Downtown Collection