Access Asia - Access Asia is a weekly presentation series at UC Irvine hosted by the Journal of Asian Studies. We provide a venue for all things Asia-related (and we try to keep some balance between the different regions of Asia), and generally have presentations from faculty members and graduate students (both local UCI folks and visitors from as close as Long Beach and as far away as Europe and Asia). We like to keep presentations short (between 20 and 30 minutes) and leave lots of time for discussion. Presentations are often about new research projects, draft articles/chapters/conference presentations, or fieldwork. Unfortunately we have no funding for these activities and everything we do is volunteeer.
Asian Film and Media Studies Listserv - According to the site, “this listserv is intended to provide an open forum for the exchange of information, annoucements, queries, and ruminations relevant to the study of Asian cinemas in Southern California and beyond. The list is housed at the University of California Irvine, but anyone is welcome to join regardless of scholarly affiliation.” The listserv is managed by UCI Prof. Jonathan Hall. Postings include announcements of media showings in the Southern California region.
Asian media resources database - According to its creators, “Our mission is to promote understanding of Asian cultures and peoples and to assist educators at all levels, from elementary schools to colleges and universities, in finding resources for learning and teaching about Asia.” Asian Educational Media Service is a program at the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Its catalog includes Asian-made videos.
Encyclopedia of Modern Asia (UCI-licensed access) - As part of an e-reference book collection for which UCI has licensed access (in the Gale Virtual Reference Library collection), the Encyclopedia of Modern Asia, edited by David Levinson and Karen Christenson (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2002), is now accessible online to UCI users. All six volumes covering the typical topics in an encyclopedia (but focused on Asia) are now accessible to UCI faculty, students and staff and to those who use the campus libraries on site.
ICAS 6 in Republic of Korea August 2009 - The 6th International Convention of Asia Scholars conference will be hosted by the Chungnam National University (CNU), the Center for Asian Regional Studies (CARS) and Daejeon Metropolitan City and will be held in the Daejeon, Republic of Korea, 6-9 August 2009. The overarching theme is: Think Asia! More than 1,500 Asia Studies specialists are expected to come to Daejeon. This city is located in the heart of the Korean peninsula and successfully merges its long history of culture and tradition with leading research in science and technology. One unique aspect of ICAS conferences is they are have recently been held only in Asia, thus enabling Asia-based scholars to more easily attend.
Immigrant Lives Topic of New UCI Libraries Exhibit - A new Fall 2008 Exhibit at Langson Library, on “Immigrant Lives in ‘the OC’ and Beyond”, opens 18 November 2008 at 5:30 p.m., with a talk by sociologist Frank D. Bean, who heads the UCI Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy. A reception follows. The exhibit itself will eventually be posted online. Free pre-registration requested for the reception.
Indie Filmmaker Quentin Lee’s Latest Film Now Online - Quentin Lee is a daring indie filmmaker whose works have transgressed many boundaries. His most recent film, 0506HK, looks at Hong Kong from the perspective of someone who left the former British Colony for the west. In it he relates how he feels about living in Los Angeles versus Hong Kong. The entire 8-episode film is now posted for free viewing online.
New European Portal to Digital Archival Resources - Asian digitized resources are among the gems of this European Union digital endeavor, Europeana: Think Culture. Researchers can locate via format (video, images, audio and text) of perhaps obscure but historical events or cultural artifacts. For example, I found clear footage (from a French archive) of the Japanese surrender in Hong Kong at the end of WWII. There are also numerous images, texts or video clips on China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.
New Online Journal of Asian Liberation - Jalan: Journal of Asian Liberation, is a progressive online journal that seeks to link Asian Americans and working people in Asia. Written in English, its articles have covered anarchism, white supremacy, Asian and Latino workers and immigration rights, and the Korean nation.
OpenDOAR - The Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) is a gateway to publicly accessible digital repositories around the world. A subsection focuses on Asia. Arranged by country from A (Afghanistan) to T (Turkey), the links provided are mostly to repositories based in academic institutions in the region.
UCI Asian Studies faculty publications profiled in Asian Studies subje - My colleague, Asian Studies librarian Ying Zhang, has compiled a comprehensive list of UCI Asian Studies faculty publications, many with links to the full-text version. The list is arranged by area studies: Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, but covers faculty across disciplines. The list appears in a section of her subject guide on Asian Studies
Wiktionary: Asia - One Web 2.0 development that has taken off is the wiki phenomenon. Wikipedia has now spawned many other wiki versions, including Wiktionary: a wiki-based open content dictionary. It’s an area where scholarly input is sorely needed. For a look at how various languages use the term Asia, see this: