Friday, December 09, 2016

Inside the World's Major East Asian Collections

I'm really pleased that the book project with Patrick Lo (Tsukuba University) and Dickson Chiu (Hong Kong University) is completed and published. This book is intended to serve multiple purposes.  In particular, the project examines the rise of the "LAM," an acronym that stands for libraries, archives, and museums.  In doing so, we profile leading experts -- librarians, archivists, and museum curators -- who specialize in East Asian collections from across the world.  In analyzing the dynamically shifting role of the cultural institution in the context of managing information and collections, this book provides important themes offered by these cultural experts in understanding the necessary professional skills, knowledge, and personalities that are required for working in such environments of varying size, scope, and composition in LAMs.

As such, LAMs manage preservation and access of history and culture, their missions and goals as cultural institutions continue to converge.  Further, as collecting institutions, LAMs share the common mandate to preserve and make accessible primary resources valuable for researchers and professionals, as well as the public.   Certainly, as LAMs are mostly publicly funded, publicly accountable institutions collecting cultural heritage materials, the purpose of this book is ultimately to enhance the visibility while recognizing the efforts of the LAM professionals as cultural institution leaders, since much of their great contributions is preserving our cultural and documentary heritage often unnoticed outside their parent institutions.

European Collections
1. The East Asia Collections at the Vatican Apostolic Library in Rome
2. The Library of Venice and the East at the Giorgio Cini Foundation’s Centre Comparative Studies of Cultures and Spiritualties
3. The Chinese Collections from the Shang to Qing Dynasties at the British Library
4. The Chinese, Japanese and Korean Studies Collections at the British Library
5. The Chinese Collections at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library
6. The Anthropology Collections of the Ewenki and Orochen Peoples at the University of Cambridge Museum’s Archaeology and Anthropology
7. The Dunhuang International Manuscripts Project at the British Museum
8. Asian Art Propaganda at the British Museum
9. The East-Asian Library at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
10. The Chinese, Japanese and Korean Collections at the Royal Library of Denmark
11. The Asian Collections for the Nordic Asian Studies Community at University of Copenhagen’s Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Library and Information Centre
12. The Chinese and Japanese Porcelain and Ceramic Art at the Museums of the Far East & the Royal Museums of Art and History of Belgium
13. The East Asia Collections at the Berlin State Library
14. The Chinese Collections at the Bavarian State Library’s Oriental and Asia Department
15. The Chinese Collection that dates back to the 13th Century at the University of Zurich’s Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies Library
16. Documenting the Cultural Exchange of Czechoslovak-Chinese Relations at the Charles University in Prague’s Chiang Ching-kuo International Sinological Center (CCK-ISC) and Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) Libraries
17. Collecting Asia at the Library at the Oriental Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
18. A Unique Chinese Collection for the Public at the Lyon Public Library in France
19. The Kingdom of Naxi Manuscript Collections at the French School of the Far East
20. The Collection of the History of French Interests In China and East Asia at the University Library of Languages and Civilisations
21. The most comprehensive collection of Asian art at the National Museum of Asian Art Guimet Museum
22. The Orient and Eastern collections at the National Library of France

East Asian Collections in Asia
1. The Digital Archives at the Japan Center for Asian Historical Records (JACAR)
2. The Siberian Ethnographic Collections at Peter the Great Museum of Ethnology and Anthropology in Russian
3. Imperial China’s collections at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan
4. International Exchange and Networks of Cooperation at Taiwan’s National Central Library (NCL)

1. Chronicle of Taiwan’s Collections at the National Central Library, Taiwan (ROC)
2. The History of "Asian Hollywood" at the Hong Kong Film Archive
3. The Traditional Chinese Medicine Library Collections at the Hong Kong Baptist University
4. The Kung Fu Museum in Hong Kong by the School of Creative Media and the International Guoshu Association
5. The School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
6. Contemporary Asian Art at the Asia Art Archive (AAA)
7. The Sport collections at the Hong Kong Sports Institute Library

North America
1. The East Asian Collections at the Princeton University Library’s East Asian Library
2. The Japanese Collections at University of California, Berkeley’s C.V. Starr East Asian Library
3. The Japanese Collections at the University of Michigan’s Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
4. Azusa Tanaka, Japanese Studies Librarian, East Asia Library, University of Washington Libraries
5. Exhibiting Bruce Lee Collections Around the World via the Bruce Lee Foundation (USA) and the Bruce Lee Exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum

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