The East Asia Library recently acquired a microfilm set of the private papers of Suitsu Risuke (水津利輔), who was an upper-middle level manager in the Showa Steel Works before and during Manchukuo. Showa Steel Works was the largest iron and steel complex in Manchuria, and indeed in entire China, until the 1980s. One of the architects of Manchukuo’s policy on iron and steel industry, Suitsu Risuke's plans frequently became the official policy of JP/Manchukuo governments.
East Asia Studies
The East Asia Library has started to collect award-winning Japanese children’s books. In the display space on the first floor of Meyer Library, you will find a selection that re-tells old tales, seeks to assuage fears of nature disasters, and introduces photos of bugs and birds that may be unfamiliar to children living in large cities. This collection will provide a record for future generations of what issues were thought to be important to teach children and the manner and media used to teach them.
In general, enter the romanization of each Chinese character with a space, such as 明清小说比较研究 ming qing xiao shuo bi jiao yan jiu.
However, there are certain situations where you need to join syllables.
1. Join syllables for multi-character surnames and given names. Also join syllables for given names, Buddhist names, courtesy names, etc.
刘少奇 liu shaoqi
欧阳修 ouyang xiu
司马相如 sima xiangru
2. Join syllables for multi-character geographic names. Do not join the generic terms for geographical features or jurisdictions.
Searching for Chinese-language resources in SearchWorks
1. Searching by romanization is still the most effective and reliable way to find Chinese-language materials in SearchWorks. Everyone searching for Chinese materials still needs to be familiar with Pinyin romanization rules.
2. Simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese are inter-searchable. For example, using the simplified characters 张爱玲 for an author search, SearchWorks will retrieve records with both 张爱玲 and 張愛玲 as the author.
East Asia Library has recently added a few major Chinese full text databases to the collection:
Zhongguo ji ben gu ji ku 中國基本古籍庫
includes more than 10,000 full-text traditional Chinese works. Original images also available. Full text searchable.
Si bu cong kan 四部叢刊
A collectaneum compiled by the Republican period (1911-1949) scholar Zhang Yuanji 張元濟 (1867-1959). It includes 504 texts arranged in three series. Special font file should be downloaded for proper display of Chinese characters.
SearchWorks (http://searchworks.stanford.edu/), Stanford Library's online catalog and search engine, has dramatically improved searching for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean materials after a recent upgrade. As many of you experienced, looking for CJK materials by original scripts in SearchWorks suffered from various problems in the past, which were mostly caused by the system's failure to properly treat variant forms of the same character in CJK scripts and to distinguish natural words/phrases from each other. The recent upgrade addressed these issues.
The East Asia Library at Stanford recently acquired from Zojoji Temple in Japan a copy of the twelfth-century printing of the tenth-century Chinese work called the Song Dynasty Biographies of Eminent Monks 宋高僧傳. With over five hundred biographies, it is an invaluable source of historical information on monks from about 700 to 900. Stanford now holds the only copy of this text in North America, and perhaps the only complete copy of the text outside of a single extant version in this temple in Japan.
Access to two important English language databases on Chinese studies is now available to Stanford users.
Foreign Office files for China [1919-1980] is published in six sections. Currently access to sections 1919-1929 and 1940-1980 is available. Content from 1930-1948 will be accessed as soon as the resource is released.
The East Asia Library is pleased to offer access to a new Korean database, KyoboScholar 교보문고스콜라. KyoboScholar provides full-text articles from more than 500 journals in all subjects.
A list of Korean databases to which Stanford subscribes is available at E-Resources on/from Korea.
For more information, please contact Kyungmi Chun.
EAL currently has trial access through Aug. 3, 2013 to the Database of Chinese Classic Ancient Books (中國基本古籍庫) and Database of Chinese Local Records (中國方志庫) in the Erudition Database (爱如生數據庫) at http://server.wenzibase.com (on-campus access only).
For more information or comments, please contact Zhaohui Xue.