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Department of East Asian Studies

Y. Chen, Subject Librarian

I. General Purpose

The University Libraries' collection in East Asian Studies is intended to support the undergraduate programs of the department and some faculty research. The department offers: an interdisciplinary major in East Asian Studies; an interdisciplinary major in Japanese Studies, and an undergraduate major in Chinese Studies. Courses offered by the department are on the languages and cultures of the three major civilizations of East Asia -- China, Korea, and Japan.

The Department of East Asian Studies offers courses in elementary and intermediate Chinese, classical Chinese language, elementary Korean, and elementary and intermediate Japanese. Some courses in literature are taught in Chinese or Japanese, but courses in the cultures of Japan and China and some literature courses are taught in English. The courses offered by the history, geography, economics, and philosophy departments for credit in the interdisciplinary majors are taught in English.

II. Subject and Language Modifiers

Languages: English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Vernacular language titles are acquired regularly in support of the instructional program.

Geographical Areas: Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea.

Chronological Periods: The department is interested in Chinese civilization from its beginnings to the present. Emphasis is given to the 20th century and to the 7th to 19th centuries A.D. Modern Japanese and Chinese language and literature are studied; at present only elementary modern Korean is taught.

III. Description of Materials Collected

Types of Materials Collected: Monographs, serials, and journals are the basic components of the collection. In addition, monographic sets (critical compilations of prose, poetry, criticism, etc.) in Chinese are considered basic to any advanced work in the field. The East Asian Studies program is also served by the Libraries' collections in art, economics, political science, philosophy, and history.

Dissertations are acquired on a selective basis. Translations into English of Chinese and Japanese literary and philosophical works are routinely acquired.

Newspapers in Chinese or Japanese are acquired only as needed for instructional purposes. Material in all formats, including electronic is collected.

Types of Materials Excluded: Except as required for reserve purposes, basic textbooks are not acquired nor are article reprints or preprints.

Interdisciplinary Factors: This is an interdisciplinary program and though the emphasis is on language and literature materials on the philosophy/religion, history, political science, economics and sociology of the area are required to support present course offerings. Many of these titles, if they are in English, are acquired under the collection policy of the appropriate disciplinary program. Those that are not so acquired are purchased under the East Asian Studies rubric.

IV. Subject and Collection Levels [Collection Level Descriptions]

All subjects collected -- language, literature, cultures, and literary criticism are collected at the Instructional Support Level, as defined by the Research Libraries Group.

V. Internal Notes

Coverage by the approval plans is minimal, therefore many titles are requested by the faculty of the department. Titles in Chinese and Japanese are selected by the faculty.

Titles for the Reference collection are ordered by the Subject Librarian for Reference upon the recommendation of the Subject Librarian for East Asian Studies.

July 2009

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