What's New for Chinese Studies

Film Screening and Discussion: Minority Media in Taiwan, September 28, 2017

Updated August 10, 2017

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This program includes a film screening Children of the Sun (Panay, 2015, Taiwan) and a panel discussion on indigenous and minority media practice in Taiwan. It is co-sponsored by the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, Columbia's Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the C.V. Starr East Asian Library.

Children of the Sun (Panay, 2015, running time 99min) is a feature film directed by Cheng Yu-Chieh and Lekal Sumi Cilangasan.

New York International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition, October 27 to November 27, 2017

Updated September 8, 2017

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The Second New York International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition (2017) will be hosted from October 27th 2017 to November 27th 2017 at C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University and Asian Culture Center. The exhibition is organized by a group of organizations including North American Chinese Calligraphers Association; Calligraphy Research and Innovation Center of Jiangsu Province, Nanjing University of the Arts; C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University, Dragon Summit Foundation, Asian Culture Center, New York Young Entrepreneurs Roundtable, and Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics.

The event will be co-sponsored by New York Chinese Opera Society, I-wing press, UADC NY, Confucius Classroom of Denver, Columbia Confucius Institute. And supported by Chinese University Alumni Alliance.

The exhibition reception will be held 4-7:00 pm, Friday, October 27, 2017. Registration required for participation in the reception.

Premiere Screening "Above the Drowning Sea" and Dialogue with Filmmakers, November 28, 2017

Updated September 8, 2017


Premiere Screening:  "Above the Drowning Sea" a documentary of Jewish refugees in Shanghai during WWII and meeting and discussion with the filmmakers René Balcer, an award-winning producer of "Law and Order" and Carolyn Hsu-Balcer, a designer, philanthropist and art collector.

Introducer and Moderator: Professor Ying Qian, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
5:00 pm-7:30 pm.
203 Butler Library

Registration required

C.V. Starr East Asian Library Makes 3D Images of Ancient Oracle Bones Available to the Public

Updated September 5, 2017

Columbia University Libraries’ C.V. Starr East Asian Library is pleased to announce that digital images of 126 bone fragments engraved with the earliest-surviving Chinese script are now available to the public, an agreement that was reached just this summer. Images of the fragments were digitized in collaboration with the Chinese Academic Digital Associative Library (CADAL) at Zhejiang University Library.

Work to digitize the oracle bones, a collection that includes authentic, forged, and unconfirmed bones, began in 2015 and was completed last summer. The pieces were digitized using reflective transformation imaging (RTI), which captures the surface color and shape of the bone and allows users to “re-light” the bone from any direction, creating an interactive reproduction of each fragment.

The original bones date to the Shang Dynasty, which reigned from 1600 to 1046 B.C.E., and will likely prove an invaluable resource to scholars of early Chinese history and language.

“I have no doubt that this is the best possible presentation of the oracle bones and shells,” said Faculty Director of Columbia’s Tang Center for Early China, Feng Li, a professor of early Chinese history and archaeology. “The photographing is perhaps more telling when done on the oracle bones…given the fact that the inscriptions were hand-engraved…on natural materials [such] as bones and shells, which produced very subtle traces of writing that are best revealed [by RTI].”

New Database Acquisitions

Updated July 31, 2017

Thanks to recommendations and support from members of WEAI/EALAC and authorities and colleagues of Columbia University Libraries, the following databases have been acquired and are ready for use:

Theses databases and the brief descriptions about them can also be found in E-Resources for Chinese studies.

Chinese Designated Computer Removed

Updated July 27, 2017

The Chinese Designated Computer uploaded with with some Chinese databases in the Reading Room computer area, including Zhongguo li dai shi ke shi liao hui bian 中国历代石刻史料汇编, was removed permanently. The web-based online database of Zhongguo li dai shi ke shi liao hui bian 中国历代石刻史料汇编 has been acquired and can be used online.  


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