in transition

Over the summer, I will be moving the webliography portion of to the libguides platform hosted by Rutgers, my home institution. I have become comfortable with the libguides platform. The migration is also an opportunity for me to reorganize the webliography, based on a deeper understanding about scholars’ preferences.

I will keep the domain name, with the funding from the Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence I just received from Rutgers. But the scope of may expand to include other digital projects I have been working on (China Boom Video Archive, Central China Relief Records, etc.).

While working on migrating the content on to libguides, I won’t be able to post regularly here on foreast.wordpress. com. But I shall resume regular activities here, starting in the late summer or early fall.

Stay tuned!

Interactive Conversion System Between The Japanese Calendar, The Chinese Calendar and The Christian Era

Interactive Conversion System Between The Japanese Calendar, The Chinese Calendar and The Christian Era

Developed by the ECAI, Japan and hosted by the Osaka International University, this calendar conversion tool does exactly what its name suggests.

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Oberlin in Shansi Digital Collection

Oberlin in Shansi Digital Collection

Developed at Oberlin College, this online digital collection “documents the activity of Oberlinians in Asia from the 1880s to the 1950s. This teaching and research collection contains materials from the Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association Records and personal paper collections, and it represents a small percentage of the total amount of materials in the College Archives that relate to the work of missionaries and Shansi Representatives in China and as well as other countries.

To learn more about the collection, please read the full introduction to the Oberlin in Shansi digital collection.”

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Gateway to Korean Studies Materials

Gateway to Korean Studies Materials

Provided by the Center for Korean Studies Materials in the Academy of Korean Studies, this webpage lists about 90 online resources on Korean history and culture. These resources are from 22 institutions in South Korea, particularly the Academy of Korean Studies, National Institute of Korean History, and Gyujianggak Archives at Seoul National University. Most, if not all, of the resources should be freely accessible on the web.

This is probably one of the most comprehensive list of online resources for Korean studies? What do you think of it? Does it miss anything important?

Hong Kong’s War Crimes Trials (HKWCT) Collection

Hong Kong’s War Crimes Trials (HKWCT) Collection

This collection stems from a research project conducted by Suzannah Linton, a law professor formerly at the University of Hong Kong (currently at Bangor University  in UK). Professor Linton collected 46 case files of war crimes trials held by the British military in Hong Kong after World War II that involved 123 accused persons, all Japanese nationals. Due to the copyright restrictions, the actual case files can only be accessed at a university in Hong Kong, but the website makes freely available other materials in the collection, including detailed case notes, photographs from the same period, personal accounts, and a bibliography.

This seems the first such collection that has been digitized. Does anyone know similar collections on the web?

Taiwan History Digital Library 台灣歷史數位圖書館

Taiwan History Digital Library 台灣歷史數位圖書館

Developed at the National Taiwan University, Taiwan History Digital Library (THDL) is a database of primary source collections in Taiwan history. It provides full-text search, metadata search, and other features. The database currently contains two collections: the Collection of Taiwan-related Documents in the Ming-Qing Imperial Archives and the Collection of Land Deeds in Taiwan, with a total of over 60,000 items in full-text. THDL also provides several online research tools.

Access to THDL is free, but researchers will need to apply for an account first.

The THDL website lists a number of related publications, including this English-language article:
Chen et al., (2007) On Building a Full-Text Digital Library of Historical Documents. Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Vol. 4822. [PDF link]

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Regular update to resume

I couldn’t believe it’s been over a year since last time I updated FOREASt. Time really flies by! I have been busy with  other publications, completing a co-edited book, a book review, and a journal article. However, I am happy to notice that even in its hiatus, FOREASt generates about 1,000 hits each month.

Starting this fall, I’ll turn my attention back to FOREASt and provide updates regularly. There are some interesting new resources, so stay tuned!

Best to all,


KORCIS: Korean Old and Rare Collection Information System 한국고전적종합목록시스템

KORCIS: Korean Old and Rare Collection Information System 한국고전적종합목록시스템.

KORCIS is a union catalog of Korean rare books (and manuscripts), which includes records from 51 Korean institutions and 32 foreign institutions (as of March 2010). It has over 420 thousand bibliographic records and provides access to the full-text of over 36 thousand items. A presentation (PDF) by a librarian from the National Library of Korea in March 2010 provides background information about this resource.

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UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004

UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004.

Formerly known as eScholarship Editions, this resource “includes almost 2,000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction” (UC Press). Over 500 titles in the collection are open to the public while the other titles are limited to users at the University of California. Dozens of books in Asian studies are in the category of “public access books”.

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Densho Digital Archive

Densho Digital Archive.

This resource is part of Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project. The Archive “holds over 400 visual histories (more than 800 hours of recorded video interviews) and over 10,700 historic photos, documents, and newspapers. The archive is growing as Densho continues to record life histories and collect images and records. These primary sources document the Japanese American experience from immigration in the early 1900s through redress in the 1980s with a strong focus on the World War II mass incarceration” (Densho). To access the database, a user can either create a free account or use the Guest account provided by Densho.

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