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September 4, 2009

Chinese Christian Texts Database

"The Chinese Christian Texts Database (CCT-Database) is a research database of primary and secondary sources concerning the cultural contacts between China and Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (from 1582 to ca. 1840). The cultural contacts comprise documents in the various fields of cultural interaction: religion, philosophy, science, art, etc."

To access this database, please follow this URL: http://www.arts.kuleuven.be/sinology/cct/index.htm. This is a free web resource developed by Ad Dudink & Nicolas, Dept. of Sinology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

January 5, 2010

New resource: Chinese Names of Western Scholars

Announcing a new online resource: Chinese Names of Western Scholars: a directory
http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~clartp/ChineseNamesWesternScholars.htm

This listing aims to facilitate communication between Western and Asian China-scholars. As anyone who has attended a bi- or multilingual conference can attest, some amount of confusion is occasioned by the fact that Western sinologists are usually known in Chinese-speaking academia primarily by their Chinese names. As the latter, however, are not in common use in Western academic circles, it often takes a while to figure out that, for example, the professor Du Zanqi, whom a Chinese conference participant keeps citing, is in fact better known in the English-speaking world as Prasenjit Duara.

With a view towards tackling this particular barrier to scholarly communication, Philip Clart, Professor of Chinese Studies from University of Leipzig has compiled a preliminary list of several hundred Chinese names of Western scholars. "Western" here does not refer to any sort of ethnic identity, but merely indicates that the person in question publishes (or published) on some aspect of Chinese culture in a Western language. Thus, the list also includes, for example, Chinese, Taiwanese, Singaporean, Malaysian, Japanese, and Korean scholars whose names typically only appear in transcription in their publications.

No particular search criteria were applied in compiling this list so that the result is a somewhat heterogeneous mix of scholars from all over the world, most of them alive, some already deceased. It is hoped that the publication of the list will result in submission of additional entries by scholars the world over. Entries, comments and corrections can be submitted by email to clart@uni-leipzig.de.

February 9, 2010

Song Yuan Painting & Calligraphy Web Resource

The Freer Gallery of Art is pleased to announce the launch of an online resource of eighty-five works from the collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy dating to the period of the Song and Yuan dynasties (10th–14th centuries). This launch is the culmination of years of careful research and preparation, and will offer unprecedented worldwide access to a remarkable amount of important information—never before assembled or published—about these treasured works of art.

Each of the eighty-five works is presented in images and text. The photography section contains all currently available images for each work, while the documentation section consists of punctuated transcriptions and identifications of all Chinese texts associated with each object—including labels, frontispieces, inscriptions, colophons, and seals—together with numerous explanatory comments and a wide selection of annotated English translations. Each document is presented in PDF format, with an individual table of contents in the Bookmarks tab to facilitate navigation within the text.

The great advantage to this web-format is that, in subsequent years, the resource can easily expand to incorporate new content and scholarship, and both documentation and photography can be periodically updated. Our present aim is to gather feedback from peers in the field and use that feedback to continue developing a robust presence for our collections online.

To view the website, please go to: http://www.asia.si.edu/SongYuan/default.asp

To improve the quality of our presentation and better serve the users of this website, the museum cordially invites colleagues in the field to send us your comments, suggestions, and emendations at the following email address: FreerSongYuan@si.edu

We look forward to hearing from you.

March 3, 2010

Useful database -- JAIRO

JAIRO (Japanese Institutional Repositories Online; http://jairo.nii.ac.jp/) is a union database for Japanese Institutional repositories which serves as an electronic archive system for research institutions. Through the database scholars can access some full-text journal articles, theses, dissertations, departmental bulletins, research papers, etc. from academic institutions such as universities and research institutes. The National Institute of Informatics (NII) provides this service and most of the full-text articles are free to the public. Please note, however, this database does not encompass commercial journals. For these kinds of materials we still have to use citation databases like Magazine Plus, and then check to see if the library owns a particular publication.

August 12, 2010

Yale Silk Road Database

The Visual Resources Collection is pleased to announce the launch of a new digital image collection, the Yale Silk Road Database http://library.yale.edu/digitalcollections/yalesilkroad/index.html

The Yale Silk Road Database presents over 6,000 images of major sites in the Silk Road region taken during faculty site seminars led by Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan (Professor, History of Art) under the auspices of the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University in the summers of 2006-2009. The collection serves as a multi-disciplinary resource with relevance to students and faculty working in the fields of art and archaeology, religious studies, history, East Asian languages and literatures, Central Asian and Islamic studies.

The collection currently features original photographs taken by Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan, Koichi Shinohara (Senior Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, Yale University), and Abbey Newman (Executive Director, Council on East Asian Studies). Photographs included in this collection were taken during faculty site seminars in Gansu, Ningxia, and Xinjiang Provinces in 2006, seminars in Sichuan and Yunnan during the summer of 2007, visits to Liao Dynasty sites in Shanxi, Liaoning, Hebei, and Inner Mongolia during the summer of 2008, and a program along the Tarim Basin and in northern Xinjiang during the summer of 2009. The coordinators and contributors to the Yale Silk Road Database hope that the resource will encourage new ways of exploring and learning about the visual and material cultures of the Silk Road regions.

Access to the Yale Silk Road Database collection has been made possible through the courtesy of the Council on East Asian Studies’ Silk Road Studies Project, activities of which have been supported by the Council's National Resource Center Title VI Grant from the United States Department of Education. The Yale Silk Road Database was conceived and developed by Professor Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan (History of Art, Yale University) and Pam Patterson (Senior Instructional Technologist, Instructional Technology Group), in conjunction with the Visual Resources Collection.

Special thanks to the following for their efforts in making the Yale Silk Road Database possible: Mimi Yiengpruksawan (Professor, History of Art), Abbey Newman (Executive Director, Council on East Asian Studies), Pam Patterson from the Instructional Technology Group; Karen Kupiec, Mike Friscia, and Scott Matheson from Library Access Integration Services, and my colleagues at the VRC, Robert Carlucci and Carolyn Caizzi.

We welcome your comments and feedback.

September 17, 2010

New resource: Taiwan Colonial Statistics Database

Taiwan Colonial Statistics Database (TCSD) was established to preserve the official statistical data from the colonial period and to facilitate academic use of the data. It gathered original colonial statistics stored by the National Taiwan University Library and the National Taiwan Library. The database includes 684 books on colonial statistics, 195,513 digital image files, and 104,315 sets of metadata. TCSD is a free database open to the public, and users do not have to register as a member to access it. The website is: http://tcsd.lib.ntu.edu.tw/.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any question.

December 8, 2010

Directories of missionaries available online

The Yale Divinity School Library has scanned and posted online the following directories:

1904 Directory of Protestant Missionaries in China, Japan, and Corea:
http://divdl.library.yale.edu/dl/OneItem.aspx?qc=AdHoc&q=11995

1910 Directory of Protestant Missionaries in China, Japan, and Corea:
http://divdl.library.yale.edu/dl/OneItem.aspx?qc=AdHoc&q=11996

These PDF files are keyword searchable to the extent that our OCR software was able to decipher the text. We will post additional resources as they are scanned.

March 24, 2011

Qiushi English Online now available to Yale

The East Asia Library is pleased to announce that a NEW online resource, Qiushi English Online is now available to the Yale community. To access the resource, please go to http://www.sinoperi.com/qiushi.

As the main organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the PRC, Qiushi (求是 ‘Seeking truth’) Journal (1958- ) is an important ideological and theoretical front for the Central Committee to guide the work of the Party and the country. The English edition of Qiushi Journal was launched in late 2009. It selects and translates important articles from the Chinese edition and its affiliated publication Red Flag Manuscript, and abstracts of theoretical articles from other important Chinese periodicals. It is aimed to “promote the CPC and Chinese exchanges with foreign political parties and countries, and function as a platform for authoritative interpretations of the principles and strategies with which the CPC and the Chinese government run the country, as a top communication channel for publicizing China’s development theory, path and model and as an important window for political and academic circles and the people of foreign countries to learn about and study Chinese affairs.” The English edition of Qiushi Journal is published quarterly.

Please note that access to the Qiushi English Online is IP restricted and only available to all computers in the Yale network or with off-campus access (http://www.library.yale.edu/about/offcampus.html). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.