Department News

Brandon Park as Recipient of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea's Translation Grant

2019 4th Quarter Recipient of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea's Translation Grant


Brandon Park, a Part Time Lecturer in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, is one of the 2019 4th quarter recipients of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea’s Translation Grant. This grant supports translations of Korean fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic novels into different languages ( The award is 5 million KRW (about $5,000) and grantees are asked to produce a more extensive translation of the work for publication. Brandon was awarded this grant for his translation of ten poems by South Korean poet Moon Taejun (1970-) into English. Moon, a poet known for his sparse language and Buddhist imagery, has previously only had a few individual poems translated into English. Brandon hopes to complete a full translation of Moon’s poetry collection titled Flatfish


Brandon Park graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in English Literature and completed the M.A. program in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures in 2019. 

"Griffis Collection Workshop: Exploring Ways to Use the Korean Materials for Korean Studies"

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Summer 2019


Professor Young-mee Yu Cho in Asian Languages and Cultures, the 2018 recipient of the Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation Grant, organized a workshop centered on the Korean Materials of the William Elliot Griffis Collection at Rutgers Alexander Libraries. The August workshop brought together 20 scholars and librarians of modern Korean history and culture to explore Griffis's understanding of Korean civilization, religions and political changes of Colonial Korea.The participants included Daniel Pieper (Washington University in St. Louis), Jong-Chol An (University of Tuebingen), Myung-hwan Kim (Seoul National University), Sean Kim (University of Central Missouri) and Hye-Eun Lee (Sookmyung Women's University).


The workshop celebrated the publication of Photographs of Korea in the William Elliot Griffis Collection, edited by the late Professor Sang-hyun Yang and Young-mee Yu Cho. 


The Henry Rutgers Scholar Awards Committee is pleased to announce Kristen Okun as one of the 2019 recipients

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Kristen Okun is a May graduate of the School of Arts and Sciences who majored in Art History. Under the guidance of Professor Haruko Wakabayashi in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, she completed an Interdisciplinary honors thesis, titled “Narrow Road of Ivy; Representing The Tales of Ise during the Edo Period.” The thesis examined visual representations of one of the most famous chapters from the classical Heian period (794-1185) literary work,The Tale of Ise, whose popularity was revived during the Edo period (1600-1868). The thesis explored a number of critical issues around the Tale of Ise and Edo period art: the rise of classicism during the Edo period and how that affected the world of art; the changing iconography of a specific chapter in the Tale; relationship between text and images/poetry and painting; and the shaping of visual representations by format and function of the objects. Okun's selection of works covered a wide range of media (hanging scroll, fan painting, screen painting, printed book), and allowed her to demonstrate her ability to critically analyze primary works from all of the above perspectives, yet her choice of one specific chapter kept her thesis well-focused and in depth according to Professor Wakabayashi. Okun's research was based on translation of primary sources (The Tales of Ise and poems and text inscribed on the paintings), academic secondary sources, and viewing by appointment of the selected works in the storage collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 


The Henry Rutgers Scholar Award recognizes graduating seniors who have completed outstanding independent research projects leading to a thesis in their major field of study or interdisciplinary thesis. The awards are offered across all departments of the School of Arts and Sciences, representing the highest achievements of the students. The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures is very proud of Kristen Okun's achievement. 



New Courses Offered in Fall 2019

New Courses Offered in Fall 2019 


 Course Professor Campus  Credits
01:098:255   Heroism  Professor Wendy Swartz College Ave   4 credits
01:098:331   The Sounds of Asia  Professor Sunmin Yoon College Ave  3 credits



Course Description:
What makes ordinary people do extraordinary things? What defines a hero or heroine? Are heroes and heroines defined differently? What role do cultural and historical contexts play in these definitions? How do fictional heroes and heroines compare with historical ones? What turns rebels, agitators, iconoclasts, or even fools into heroes? This course offers a comparative examination of conceptions of heroism across cultures, time, and gender. Since the beginning of written records, heroic acts and gestures have had an enduring appeal. Shrines and monuments, epics and songs, paintings and films have been dedicated to extoling heroic figures—real, idealized, or legendary. What can a culture’s heroes or heroines tell us about its values, expectations, and ideals? What motivates someone to go beyond the individual and ordinary to sacrifice for a community, country, or humanity? We will explore the cultural conditioning, ethical reasoning, and moral compass behind some of the greatest heroes and heroines in history and literature, from Greek epic heroes to Chinese assassin-retainers, women warriors to samurais, Shakespearean tragic heroes to contestants in the real life Game of Thrones in medieval Europe, civil rights leaders to women’s rights crusaders, and comic superheroes to modern day heroes.


 Lecture: Tuesday/Thursday 1:10-2:30 PM CAC AB 2225


 Section 1  Friday 9:50 am - 11:30 am  CAC SC 221
 Section 2  Friday 11:30 am - 12:50 pm  CAC SC 105
 Section 3 Friday 2:50 pm - 4:10 pm   CAC SC 119
 Section 4 Friday 9:50 am - 11:10 pm  CAC SC 120
 Section 5 Friday 11:30 am - 12:50 pm CAC SC 106
 Section 6 Friday  2:50 pm - 4:10 pm CAC SC 115


Click here to watch the Heroism with Wendy Swartz video

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The Sounds of Asia

Course Description:
How does music create political space? How do musicians see the world through their own musical pieces and performance? How do particular musical sounds define “Asia”, and how do musical genres connect countries within the transnational Asian boundary? Aiming to understand “Asia” through sound, this course examines not only a broad range of musical genres, instruments, musicians and their performative process in selected places across the Asian continent, but also the socio-political, cultural, and extra-musical aspects surrounding the musical scenes in both the past and present. The general structure of the course will be based on lectures, close-listening, videos, discussions, writing assignments and other class activities.


Monday/Wedneday 2:50 - 4:10 pm CAC SC 216




Rutgers East Asian Languages and Cultures graduate student presented research paper at the 67th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs


Rutgers East Asian Languages and Cultures graduate student presented research paper at the 67th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs


Austin Hudgins is a Rutgers East Asian Languages and Cultures M.A. student. His paper, “Daoist Trajectories and Confucian Concentrations:18th Century Manchu Assimilation Assessed Through the Aim of Archery,” was selected and highly recognized by the committee for the 67th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs held in October 2018 in St. Paul, MN. Austin’s paper dealt with an 18th-century Manchu treatise regarding archery that he has been translating from the Manchu language under the direction of Dr. Simon Wickhamsmith in the ALC department. Those who attended his presentation were fascinated by the novel combination of archery and Manchu language. Austin also had a paper accepted for presentation at the Colorado University Boulder Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference (CUBASGA) in February 2019. The paper focused on the topic of developing 'virtue' through archery - as the Manchus viewed it.   

Daoist Trajectories and Confucian Concentrations: 18th Century Manchu Assimilation Assessed Through the Aim of Archery by Austin Hudgins


Abstract: Amidst imperial anxiety concerning Manchu acculturation into Han Chinese society, the Qianlong emperor (r. 1735-1796) of China’s Qing dynasty (1644-1912) promoted the performance of archery as a fundamental component in evaluating a Manchu bannerman’s adherence to the fe manju i an, or the “old Manchu usages”. Fearing the loss of Manchu collective identity after more than a century of conquest rule, the Qianlong Emperor sought a social revivification of archery amongst Manchu bannermen to preserve notions of tradition, ethnicity, and martial praxis. Nonetheless, although contemporary Qing historians have debated the degree to which Manchus adopted aspects of Chinese culture from the perspectives of economic and social institutions, few have examined the same topic from the perspective of archery despite its principal position in the Manchu’s conceptualization of self. However, this article, through textual analysis of the 1770 Manchu archery treatise, titled [The Aim of Archery], written by Manchu bannerman, Vice-General, and Provincial Governor Yehe Nara Changjun (?-1789), discusses the extent to which Manchu tradition, specifically the tradition of archery, remained traditionally Manchu by the mid-18th century. In sourcing the myriad citations from Neo-Confucian and Daoist texts found within the Manchu treatise’s structured schema of archery, this article suggests a Manchu appropriation with Han psychosomatic philosophy to conceptualize pre-performative and concentrative aspects of archery including the “rectifying of mind”, and “cultivation of qi (氣) energy”. Subsequently, although 18th century imperial Manchu cultural conservatives portrayed archery as a cornerstone to Manchu identity, this article’s findings not only interrogate the purity of a unique Manchu archery tradition, but also address the degree to which Manchu self-depictions of cultural heritage was negotiated through an understanding of Han ideologies.


The University of Fukui student Rai Naito met with Rutgers student Benjamin Yang on Rutgers University New Brunswick campus



The University of Fukui has reestablished an academic agreement with Rutgers University in April 2018.


Benjamin Yang (right) is the first Rutgers exchange student to attend the University of Fukui in September, 2019 through the new reestablished academic agreement.  Benjamin was awarded scholarship from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures’ Japanese gift fund to attend the University of Fukui. Rai Naito (left) was the first exchange student from the University of Fukui came to Rutgers University New Brunswick campus from September 2018 to May 2019.




On September 17, 2018, The State of New Jersey approved three new majors in Asian Studies (formerly known as East Asian Languages and Area Studies), Japanese, and Korean. The new major programs will be implemented during the academic year 2018-2019, and students can then choose to major or minor in Asian Studies, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. Majors earn their B.A. in Asian Studies, B.A. in Chinese, B.A. in Japanese, or B.A. in Korean.


The University of Fukui has reestablished an academic agreement with Rutgers

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Reestablishment of the Agreement with Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (New Jersey, U.S.A.)

The University of Fukui (UF) has reestablished an academic agreement with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (U.S.A.). Dr. Mitsufumi Mayumi, President of UF, signed the agreement on August 2 at the Bunkyo campus. This was followed by a press conference.

Rutgers is known as the University where Taro Kusakabe, a retainer of Fukui Domain, was sent to study as one of Fukiui’s first overseas students at the end of the Edo period. William Griffis, who taught Kusakabe at Rutgers, was subsequently invited to Fukui as one of the first American teachers to support Japan’s enlightenment in the early years of Meiji. He then became a leading Japanologist/Orientalist of that era.

Following the footpath of Kusakabe and Griffis, there was a revival of the relationship in the 1970s which culminated in a mutual visit by the Presidents of the two Universities, leading to the signing of an old agreement for scholarly exchange in 1981. This was followed by active exchange of faculty and students up till the 1990s. In response to recent developments, in particular the opening of the School of Global and Community Studies (GCS) at UF, the two Universities have agreed to renew the agreement with a view to reactivating and expanding the exchange. This comes at an auspicious year marking the 150th anniversary of Taro Kusakabe’s arrival at Rutgers.

According to Professor Ryuhei Hosoya, who acts as focal point for Rutgers at GCS, Rutgers University, now one of the United States’ leading institutions for research and higher education, traces its origin to one of the few colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. He is in direct contact with the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers, where a large number of students are majoring in Japanese studies. Certain among them as well as RU faculty members would hopefully look to Fukui as a region of Japan to be rediscovered and explored and UF/GCS as a worthy place for learning and research.  

Hideo Teraoka, Vice President of UF and Dean of GCS said, “From next spring, the study abroad program for GCS students will kick off in earnest. With the new agreement with Rutgers in place, we look forward to achieving a quantum leap in our international outreach.”

Rutgers Graduate Named 2016 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow

Rutgers Grad Nathan Gwira awarded $95,000 toward graduate study and a five-year appointment as a U.S. Foreign Service officer


Nathan Gwira, a first-generation American, has been named a 2016 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow – the second Rutgers graduate to be honored. The prestigious fellowship will provide Gwira about $95,000 toward tuition, fees and living expenses while he pursues a master's degree in international affairs over the next two years. After earning a degree, the fellowship program requires at least a five-year commitment as a U.S. Foreign Service officer.

When he studied abroad in China – with professor of Chinese and Asian Languages & Cultures department chair Richard VanNess Simmons leading the program – Gwira was so interested in Chinese language and culture that he moved there for two years after graduation and taught English while learning and becoming fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He's also fluent in the West African languages of Akan/Twi and Fante, and he's familiar with French.

 The Rangel Graduate Fellowship program – a joint effort between Howard University in Washington and the state department – selects 30 Rangel Fellows each year. Its goal is to prepare those chosen for U.S. Foreign Service careers, where they can help form, represent and carry out U.S. foreign policy.

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Summer Research Program, TAIWAN

Summer 2016 research opportunity for Engineering students at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan

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More Info and Application:

Application deadline: December 29th, 2015

Professor Suzy Kim Featured in The Daily Targum

Rutgers professor marches in North Korea during summer with political activist Gloria Steinem


Alongside famed social and political activists and Nobel Prize laureates, Professor Kim ventured across the most heavily militarized border in the world. 30 women hailing from North and South Korea, Ireland, Liberia, Colombia and the United States, among other countries, crossed Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) for a peace walk held on May 24, 2015, a day designated as International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament.

Read the article here:

Free Asian Studies E-Books

Asian Studies related e-books available to Rutgers Students

For students who are interested, the Rutgers Library has a collection of Brill Asian Studies e-books available at these links:  

If you are on the Rutgers network, you can go directly to this Brill website: (Please note that we only bought 2013, 2014, and 2015 collections and we may acquire other collections in the future)

Alternatively, you can follow this link or you can search individual titles in the library's online catalog: 

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: Rethinking the Asia Pivot: Challenging Everyday Militarisms & Bridging Communities of Women

Rethinking the Asia Pivot: Challenging Everyday Militarisms & Bridging Communities of Women

As the U.S. “pivots” towards the Asia-Pacific through new trade and security negotiations (i.e. Trans-Pacific Partnership), this international symposium comes at a timely moment to engage in a critical dialogue about militarisms in the 21st century, from historical legacies across Asia and the Americas to their impact and implications for global health, local communities, and artistic/cultural expressions. How will the “pivot” impact Asia and the Americas? How do scholars, activists, and artists respond to the changing climate of security and increased securitization? What’s at stake in particular for women, who have historically shouldered the costs of increased militarization? What are the health implications of militarisms from environmental impacts to physiological and psychological impacts of living near or on military bases? How are such health impacts gendered? What are the environmental consequences of natural disasters and the subsequent impact of disaster militarism on local communities? What are the generational impacts of military policies – for young people recruited, veterans, their families, local communities and nations? These are some of the questions to be addressed in the multi-panel symposium, complemented by a concurrent video art exhibition and a pre-symposium international webinar panel discussion.

* International Webinar, 6PM - 7:30PM EST, November 25, 2014 Online

* Film Screening, 4:30PM - 7:30PM, December 3, 2014 Douglass Student Center, Meeting Room C

* International Symposium, 9:30AM - 7PM, December 4, 2014 Alexander Library, 4th Floor, Rutgers University, New Brunswick Keynote Speaker: Cynthia Enloe

RSVP by November 20, 2014

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Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies Presents Inaugural Rutgers Daoist Studies Symposium: “Daoism and Local Society in Modern China”

Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies Presents
Inaugural Rutgers Daoist Studies Symposium:

 “Daoism and Local Society in Modern China”

Location: 301 Van Dyck Hall on College Avenue

---Saturday, Nov 15, 2014:
9:45-10:15 AM: “The State of the Field in Daoist Studies for the Past Two Decades ”
                                    Keynote speech byVincent Goossaert, EPHE-CNRS, Paris

10:30AM-12:30PM: Panel 1: Daoist Temple Fairs and Local Religious Life
                                    Chair: Vincent Goossaert, Ecole Pratiques des Haute Etudes, Paris
                                                Discussant: Shin-yi Chao, Rochester University
            ---Prof. Haiyan FU, Central China Normal University, Wuhan
                        “The Daoist White Cloud Monastery and Local Society in Republican Beiping”
            ---Prof. Zhen WU, Renmin University, Beijing
                       “Dragon and Tiger: Patterns of Buddho-Daoist Relations in Late Imperial North China”
            ---Dr. Ling FANG, CNRS, Paris
                        “Social Functions of the Eastern Peak Temple: The Case of the Old Dongyue Temple in Hangzhou”

2:00—5:00PM:  Panel 2: Daoism and Local Elite
                                    Panel Chair: Mori Yuria, Waseda University, Tokyo.
                                         Discussants: Jiang Tao, Rutgers University
            ---Prof. Weidong ZHAO, Shandong Normal University, Jinan
                        “Patronage and Participation: Jie Yao’s Daoist Passions in Early Qing Shandong”
            --- Prof. Li MEI, Central China Normal University, Wuhan
                        “Manchu Elite and Daoism in Mid-to-Late Qing Period: Gu Taiqing and Yi Hui”
            ---Prof. Xun LIU Rutgers University, New Brunswick
                        “Quanzhen Daoist Hosting of Literati Arts in Late Qing Nanyang”
            ---Dr. Guoshuai QIN, EPHE, PARIS
                        “Quanzhen Taoism and Local Theatres in Republic Shandong and He’nan”

---Sunday, Nov 16, 2014:
9:00—11:00: Panel 3: Daoist Institutional Change and Local Religious Culture
                                    Panel chair: Haiyan FU, Central China Normal University, Wuhan
                                                  Discussant: Jessey Choo, Rutgers University
            ---Mori Yuria, Waseda University.
                        “Daoists' Ordination Reform Seen in the Context of Buddhists' Vinaya Reformation in Jiangnan in Seventeenth Century”
            ---Vincent Goossaert, EPHE
                        “Zhengyi Daoist Ritual Revival in Contemporary Suzhou and Hangzhou”
            ---Daniel Burton-Rose, Princeton University,
                        “The Daoist Commitments of the Pengs of Suzhou, 1673-1830”

The inaugural Rutgers Daoist Studies symposium has been made possible with funding and logistical support from the following units of Rutgers University: 
            Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies
            CIRU (Confucius Institute of Rutgers University)
            Department of History
            Department of Religion
            Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
            Office of the Executive Vice President       
For more information, please contact:
            Xun LIU, director, Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies
            Mobile: 732-735-6084 office: 848-932-8524
            Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures initiates Rutgers participation in CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) course share program

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures initiates Rutgers participation in CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) course share program.

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Rutgers Students Place in Chinese Speech Contests

We are pleased to announce that this past weekend three Rutgers students in our Chinese language program participated in Chinese speech contests that were held at nearby venues in the tri-state area and two of them placed among the winners!

Anh Tran and Kayla Krause competed in the 2014 Dragon Cup Competition 中华龙杯 that was held at Joseph's University on Saturday, March 29, and Anh won second place in the beginner's level. Congratulations to Anh!

Kayla and Anh are both first-year students who have been studying Chinese for just 5 months. Both are greatly enjoying learning the language. Kayla's presentation was a "Story of Mine" and Anh told a "Vietnamese Children's Story." Both of them did a terrific job.

Jeremy Yeaton competed in the Senior Level of the Fifth Chinese Bridge 汉语桥 Eastern USA Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students at Pace University on Sunday, March 30, 2014, and won Third Prize.

Jeremy, a junior double majoring in French and linguistics and minoring in Chinese, delivered a humorous marketing pitch and gave a tone-perfect rendition of the Chinese pop song "Lǎoshǔ ài dàmǐ (the mouse loves rice)." Congratulations, Jeremy!

"This experience has helped me improve my Chinese fluency and allowed me to encounter various aspects of Chinese culture as presented by other contestants and professional performers. It was also great to make new friends and connections with students studying Chinese at other universities and hear about their experiences."--Jeremy Yeaton '15


Anh Tran and Kayla Krause at Joseph's University



Jeremy Yeaton with Dr. Jenny Yang at Pace University

Professor Paul Schalow Receives 2013 SAS Teaching Award

Asian Languages and Cultures Professor Paul Schalow has been honored with the SAS Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education in Spring 2013. Read his story on the SAS announcement page <>, where you can learn more about his contributions to our department's curriculum and his accomplishments within and beyond the classroom. Also, enjoy the photos from the awards ceremony, which included remarks from Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi and SAS Acting Executive Dean Richard S. Falk.

School of Arts and Sciences Cluster Hire Initiative in Chinese Studies

With support from the office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences has initiated a semi-coordinated set of 5 faculty hires in Chinese studies over the next two years. Faculty searches are now underway in Political Science and Economics for candidates researching on Chinese politics and economy, respectively. The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures is currently conducting a faculty search in Classical Chinese studies, for which research fields may include Classical Chinese literature, philosophy, and cultural studies. Faculty searches in History and Religion will take place in 2012-2013.

New Summer Program

Rutgers in Beijing Summer 2012

Reinforce and Improve your Chinese, Speak it as you Earn Course Credit, and have fun traveling in far away, exciting China!!!
Be ready to sign up soon!

Time: Early July through mid August 2012 Place: Beijing Languages and Cultures University
China Course excursions will include Beijing, the Great Wall & more —maybe even Xi’an!

Plan to Join us!

Applications will open in January 2012
Further information available at:

Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
330 Scott Hall. 43 College Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732 932-7605

Click Here for more details

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CIC Membership to Augment East Asian Studies

Rutgers University has been admitted to the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) beginning July 1, 2013. The CIC is the prestigious academic consortium whose membership includes all Big Ten institutions and the University of Chicago. The invitation to join CIC is a concomitant advantage of membership in the Big Ten athletic conference, which Rutgers will join in 2014.

These exciting new developments will bring many benefits to Rutgers, such new learning and research opportunities for students and faculty, as well as collaborative programs for the university library. In a letter to university faculty, Richard L. Edwards, Rutgers Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, described the advantages of CIC membership as follows:

"The CIC, which is governed by the chief academic officers/provosts of the member universities, is committed to advance its members’ academic missions, leverage campus resources such as libraries and equipment, share expertise, and expand academic and research opportunities for students and faculty. With the addition of Rutgers and the University of Maryland (which has also been admitted), the CIC universities collectively engage in $9.3 billion in funded research and own more than 100 million library volumes.

Our students will gain new academic opportunities because of Rutgers’ membership in the consortium. To give one example, CIC’s CourseShare program gives students access through distance technology to more than 120 less commonly taught languages. There are also summer research opportunities, shared study abroad programs, and reciprocal library borrowing, among other benefits."

A CIC membership will greatly expand Rutgers faculty and students’ access to library materials in East Asian studies. Through the reciprocal borrowing program of CIC, members of Rutgers community will be able to borrow library books directly from other CIC institutions, most notably University of Chicago and University of Michigan, both with top-tier East Asian collections in North America. A similar program (EZ Borrow) has already existed between Rutgers and research universities in Pennsylvania, which includes University of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh, both with fine East Asian collections.

For more information on the CIC, visit To view a four-minute video overview of the consortium, visit

Scripta Sinica now available at Rutgers

Rutgers University Libraries are pleased to announce online access (as of Friday, February 10, 2012) to:

Scripta Sinica 

Rutgers Restricted Access

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Click on "shouquan shiyong" (authorized access) to enter. Times out after thirty minutes of idling.

Alternate title: Hanji dianzi wenxian
Description: Scripta Sinica (Hanji dianzi wenxian) is one of the largest Chinese full-text database, with a special focus on the traditional Chinese classics. As of February 2012, it contains almost all of the important Chinese classics, totaling more than 580 titles and over 423 million Chinese characters. Users can conduct full text searches or browse by book titles in it. The database is provided by the Institute of History and Philology (IHP), Academia Sinica (Taiwan), which will continue to add new titles and new features. Rutgers users can also access the non-IHP resources provided by Academia Sinica on the old interface.
Help: User instruction ("shiyong shuoming") is available inside the database.
User tools and features: Basic and advanced search, bookmark and note-taking tools (requires a personal e-mail address), Chinese-Western calendar conversion tool
Dates covered: Antiquity to 1949.
Updating frequency: Unknown.
Sources: Books.
Type of coverage: Full-text.
Print counterpart or related resources: None.
Producer/content provider: Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica
Vendor/electronic presentation provider: Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

Online Bibliography of Asian Studies now available at Rutgers

We are pleased to announce that the online Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) is now available for on and off campus access.

To access the online BAS, please go to:

Please email any questions or comments to Tao Yang,
East Asian Librarian,
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(A special note to instructors: the East Asian Librarian is available to demonstrate the online BAS to your class.)

Here is a brief description: 
The Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) is the major multi-disciplinary index for the study of East, Southeast, and South Asia. It contains citations to Western language works published worldwide on all subjects pertaining to this vast region, especially in the humanities and the social sciences. Currently, the number of citations is approaching 800 thousand. The online BAS offers users various methods to search, browse (by country-subject or journal title), download, and email citations. The "Find it @ your library" button under each record can be used to retrieve the full-text article, identify the availability of the print copy, or make an ILL request.

More information about the online BAS is posted at:

The University President’s “Rutgers in China Initiative”

The University President’s “Rutgers in China Initiative”

In Spring 2011, President McCormick announced the launch of a major initiative to develop China related programs across Rutgers University.

A first step in this initiative is the search for a Director, which is currently underway.

In the early stages of this initiative, in order to provide an overview of the various efforts across the Rutgers campuses, Dean Marc Holzer of the School of Public Affairs and Administration has set up a "Rutgers in China" web page to which different units of the university may post descriptions of their activities in China.

RMCTS wins International Award

Rutgers Multimedia Chinese Teaching System was given an international award. 

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