What's New for Chinese Studies

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services Establishes the W.K.W. Endowment Fund to Support Chinese Studies Collection 哥伦比亚大学图书馆 成立W.K.W.基金以支持中国研究馆藏

Updated 12/11/2013

NEW YORK, December 10, 2013 –

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) is pleased to announce the establishment of the W.K.W. Endowment Fund for the Chinese Studies Collection in the C.V. Starr East Asian Library.

The endowment, with initial principal funding of $50,000 was established by a Columbia University Visiting Scholar, Founding Councilman of Peking University Entrepreneur Club, and Adviser to the Columbia University Asia-Pacific Development Society.

The fund will support the collection by enabling the acquisition of additional biographical materials related to historical figures in Chinese studies. Such acquisitions may include epitaphs, eulogies, genealogy materials, autobiographies, biographies, oral histories, and photographs. It will also provide resources to host related events such as a symposium, lectures, book talks, and exhibitions.

纽约 2013年12月9日-- 哥伦比亚大学图书馆欣然宣布为其史带东亚图书馆中文馆藏成立W.K.W.基金。



China Academic Digital Associative Library Opens Its 1.75 Million E-book Collection to Columbia University

Updated 11/31/2013

The CADAL 高等学校中英文图书数字化国际合作计划 is one of the two major consortia academic libraries in China and its database is well-known as the biggest Chinese E-book resource of the materials published during the Chinese Republican Period from 1911-1949.

Columbia University Libraries has formed the partnership with CADAL since 2010 and has contributed its unique digital resources to the CADAL project, such as Ling Long Women’s Magazine, Shanghai, 1931-1937 and Chinese Paper Gods Collection during the 1930s.  The coming joint projects include the digitization of the titles in Columbia’s microfilm collection that don’t exist in the CADAL database and the transfer of Tibetan Mirror Newspaper 1925-1963 from Columbia to CADAL.

To access full texts, please fill in the registration form and use your registration login to access.

Gift Books from Nobel Literature Laureate Mo Yan 诺贝尔文学奖得主莫言赠书: “哥伦比亚大学,英才辈出之地“

Updated 10/1/2013

Mo Yan gift book 1

Nobel Literature Laureate Mo Yan, Dean of College of Literature, Chinese National Academy of Arts, donated his selected publications with his inscriptions to the library. One of his inscription reads: "Columbia University, A Place of Numerous Great Talents."


"Documentary Views of Taiwan": A Taiwan Documentary Film Festival and Symposium at Columbia 紀錄片下的臺灣: 哥倫比亞大學臺灣紀錄片展暨研討會 October 11-12, 2013

Updated 8/1/2013, 9/13/2013

Columbia University Libraries, School of the Arts, Film Studies M.A. Program, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Weatherhead East Asian Institute and Asia-Pacific Development Society, in partnership with Ministry of Culture, Republic of China, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office present: "Documentary Views of Taiwan": A Taiwan Documentary Film Festival and Symposium at Columbia, October 11-12, 2013.

Film Screening and Panel Discussions with Film Directors include the following:
Title: Ebb and flow 退潮 (2010)
Director: Ke Chin-Yuan 柯金源
Title: Song of the forest 森之歌: 台灣土地上美妙的歌詠 (2010)
Director: Ke Chin-Yuan 柯金源
Title: The gangsters' God: a documentary about Taiwan's underworld 炸神明: 一部道上兄弟的紀錄片 (2006)
Director: Ho Chao-ti 賀照緹
Title: Sock’n Roll 台灣黑狗兄 (2013)
Director: Ho Chao-ti 賀照緹

Lecture by Prof. Paul R. Katz (康豹): Taiwan’s Digital Resources and the Study of Chinese Religious Culture 臺灣的學術數位資源與華人宗教研究 on September 9, 2013

Updated 8/19/2013, 9/12/2013

Lecture by Prof. Paul R. Katz (康豹): Taiwan’s Digital Resources and the Study of Chinese Religious Culture 臺灣的學術數位資源與華人宗教研究

Co-sponsored by National Central Library, Republic of China (Taiwan), Center for Chinese Studies, Republic of China (Taiwan), Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and Columbia University Libraries, Columbia University.

Lecture Time/Place:

September 9, 2013; Room 203, Butler Library

10:00-11:30 a.m. Lecture by Prof. Paul R. Katz (康豹)
11:30-11:45 a.m. Q & A
11:45-12:00 a.m. Introduction of the Research Grant of Center for Chinese Studies and digital resources for Chinese studies (by Ms. Sun Hsiu-ling 孫秀玲, National Central Library, Taiwan)

Lecture Abstract:

"The goal of this lecture is to introduce American faculty and students to the benefits of using Taiwan’s digital resources in the study of Chinese religious culture. The lecture is divided into two parts. The first part introduces key websites and other resources at Academia Sinica and other academic institutions, including the National Digital Archives and Center for Geographic Information Science. The second part explains how I have used some of these resources in my own research, especially on the Xilai An 西來庵 Incident and judicial rituals. The lecture concludes with examples of how I am currently using digital resources for two on-going research projects: the first is about Republican-era religious history, while the second explores Miao 苗religious traditions in Western Hunan 湖南. I will also discuss the use of GIS and Google Maps.

本次演講的目的在於協助美國的教授與學生進一步瞭解臺灣的學術數位資源,尤其是在華人宗教文化方面。本次演講分為兩個部分。第一部分介紹中央研究院等學術機構的網站等相關數位資源,包括國家數位典藏、地理資訊科學研究專題中心等。第二部分說明本人在自己研究中如何運用上述資源,包括已經完成並出版專書之西來庵事件與神判儀式計畫。演講最後談到本人在目前的研究中,如何透過這些數位資源取得珍貴資料,包括民國時期宗教史與湘西苗族宗教傳統兩項課題,同時也將說明GIS與Google Maps之用處。"

New E-resources Added

Updated 8/12/2013

With the Starr Library Director's leadership and the support from leaders and faculty from the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and the central library, enormous amounts of Chinese e-resources have been acquired via purchase or donation. For instance, at least 1.5 million full-text dissertations/theses and tens of thousands of e-books are made available.

Recently great efforts were made by colleagues at Butler and Starr to process and catalog the new resources and update the e-resources pages. Eventually, while more in-depth catalog records of e-books are still being added, we have updated the page of Electronic Resources for Chinese Studies and its related Descriptions of Electronic Resources for Chinese Studies.

The new databases added include the following:


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