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Wanfang EPS China Statistics on Trial, through November 1, 2016

Updated September 23, 2016

Wanfang EPS China Statistics is on trial through November 1, 2016. Please click on "Login" button in the upper right corner to start the access. It includes many databases such as the following:

China Macro Economy Database
China Labour Economy Database
China Finance Database
China Investment in Fixed Assets Database
China Finance and Taxation Database
China Civil Affairs Database
China Listed Company Database
China External Economic Database
China Commodity Trade Database
China Regional Trade Database
China Industry Trade Database
China Trade Index Database
China Commodity Exchange Market Database
China Agriculture and Forestry Database
China Agriculture, Rural areas and Farmers Database
China Agricultural Products Cost-benefit Database
China Industry Economy Database
China Industry Business Performance Database
China Industrial Sector Database
China Industrial Product Output Database
China Tertiary Industry Database
China Science And Technology Database
China High Technology Industry Database
China Transportation Database
China Tourism Database
China Education Database
China Health Database
China Energy Database
China Construction Industry Database
China Real Estate Database
China Environment Database
China Land and Resources database
China Water Conservancy Database
China Marine Database
China Regional Economy Database
China City Database
China Urban-Rural Construction Database
Beijing Social Development Database
Chongqing Social Development Database
Inner Mongolia Social Development Database.


"Kuo Ping Wen: Scholar, Reformer, Statesman", October 4, 2016

Updated August 31, 2016

The C.V. Starr East Asian Library, in partnership with the Teachers College, Columbia Confucius Institute, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and the Office of Global Centers, will host a book panel and author signing event for Kuo Ping Wen: Scholar, Reformer, Statesman (Long River Press, 2015) on October 4, 2016.

Registration form should be filled for participation.

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Cultural Revolution, Propaganda Art, and Historical Memories: Exhibition, Film Screening and Lecture, Starting September 22, 2016

Updated August 30, 2016

“Cultural Revolution, Propaganda Art, and Historical Memories” exhibition will be held by the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University, in partnership with the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute from September to November, 2016. The exhibition will be inaugurated with a film screening, a lecture and a reception on Thursday, September 22, 2016.

The two-month exhibition will showcase the Cultural Revolution collections of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, particularly posters, pamphlets, booklets, documents, and Mao badges and busts. The film screening will present “China - The Red Sons: Inside China during the Cultural Revolution in 1968”, a rare documentary film on Chinese people taking part in Cultural Revolution shot by Australian filmmaker Roger Whittaker during a trip to China in 1968 organized by the Australian Union of University Students. The lecture will be delivered by Prof. Guobin Yang, University of Pennsylvania.

Registration form should be filled for participation in events on September 22, 2016.

NOTE: 4-5pm Film screening place changed from 300 Reading Room to ROOM 403, KENT HALL.

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The Tangled Dynamics of Independent Filmmaking in China: Memory, Identity, and Protest, a lecture by Paul G. Pickowicz, September 15, 2016

Updated August 28, 2016

The Tangled Dynamics of Independent Filmmaking in China: Memory, Identity, and Protest, a talk by Paul G. Pickowicz, Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies at UC San Diego. Thursday, September 15, 2016, 4:00-6:00pm.

Registration form should be filled for participation.

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Two Important Special Collections Acquired

Updated August 20, 2016

In summer 2016, two important special collections were acquried thanks to the the support from the leadershp of the Starr Library and the central library:

  • The Te-Kong Tong Papers was donated by Tong family members represented by Mr. Ray Tong in cooperation with the Society of Oral History on Modern China.
  • Deed of gift signed for the donation of Chou Wen-chung Papers from the Center for U.S.-China Art Exchange Collection with Prof. emeritus Chou Wen-chung.

Symposium: “Taiwan Cinema: Yesterday and Today” & Book Release: “An Annotated Bibliography for Taiwan Film Studies”, April 21-22, 2016

Updated March 8, 2016

“Taiwan Cinema: Yesterday and Today” & Book Release: “An Annotated Bibliography for Taiwan Film Studies” events sponsored by Columbia University Libraries, Columbia University Press, Weather Head East Asian Institute, and Ministry of Culture, Taiwan.

The film screenings, lectures, receptions and panel discussions open to public. REGISTRATION

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Dragon Summit Culture Endowment Fund Established for C.V. Starr East Asian Library

Updated January 22, 2016

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is pleased to announce  the establishment of the Dragon Summit Culture Endowment Fund for the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University.

The endowment, with initial principal funding of $100,000 was established by the Dragon Summit Foundation in New York City. The fund will support acquisitions, publications, exhibitions, events, symposia, and film festivals related to East Asian culture organized by the C.V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University.

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Xu & Song Education and Culture Endowment Fund Established at C.V. Starr East Asian Library

Updated December 9, 2015

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is pleased to announce the establishment of the Xu & Song Education and Culture Endowment Fund for the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University.

The endowment, with initial principal funding of $500,000 was established by Chinese entrepreneur Jin Xu and his wife, Mengjun Song. The fund will support collection development, administration, public programming, and research at the Starr Library.

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Important Special Collections Acquired

September 2, 2015

In 2014-2015, the library received donations of the following important collections:

  • Patricia Koo Tsien Art works and Materials
  • Weng Wan-go Film Reel Collection.

Through CUL Primary Resource Acquisition Program, the Judy Manton Cultural Revolution Propaganda Art Collection was acquired.

In summer 2015, the library received donations of the following important collections:

  • Myron Cohen Formosa/Taiwan Land/Field Data & Records
  • Papers of China Institute in America.

Thanks to the generosity of the donors and the great support from the library authorities, all these collections of significant nature have been shipped in and housed for further processing and cataloging.

Some of Tsien Art works and Materials and Weng Wan-go Film Reel Collection have been processed.


"Mr. Deng Goes to Washington". Fu Hongxing and His Documentary Film. September 28, 2015

Updated September 1, 2015

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Chinese Documentary Films Screening & Meetings with Directors, October 29, 2015

Updated October 9, 2015

Xu Xing and His Independent Films in China on October 29, 2015.

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Chengzhi Wang, Ph.D.
Chinese Studies Librarian
307M Kent Hall
(212) 854-3721
cw2165@columbia.edu