Monday, November 15, 2010
The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library is pleased to announce that two new information brochures on Korean Studies related materials are now available for our users.
Access to the brochures
From the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library homepage:
Path: East Asian Library Website -> Resources menu -> Korea Studies Resources -> Guides & Finding Aids
o Brochure 1 title: How to Access the North Korean Film Collection
The University of Toronto has one of the most substantial collections of North Korean film materials in North America. The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library offers a collection comprised of 107 film titles: 61 feature films and 46 non-fiction films.
o Brochure 2 title: The International Human Rights Campaign for South Korea Collection
In 1994, Reverend Fred Bayliss of the United Church entrusted the University of Toronto with the care of thousands of primary documents relating to human rights campaigns in the Republic of Korea. He was involved in the Monday Night Group which was composed of missionaries who provided information about human rights abuses to foreign correspondents.
Hard copies of these brochures will be soon available in the East Asian Library on the brochure table beside the Reference Desk.
If you have any questions regarding the brochures, please contact Hana Kim, Korea Studies Librarian at email@example.com.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Richard Fung on Two of His Films
Speaker: Richard Fung
Chair: Dr. Helen Xiaoyan Wu
Place: Current Periodical Area, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library
Room 8049, Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street, Toronto
Richard Fung is a Trinidad-born, Toronto-based video artist and writer. His single channel and installation works have been widely presented internationally and his essays have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. He is the co-author, with Monika Kin Gagnon, of a book of interviews, 13: Conversations on Art and Cultural Race Politics, published in English and French by Artexte. Richard teaches in the Faculty of Art at the Ontario College of Art & Design. The films he will screen in the lecture are Rex vs. Singh (2008) and Sea in the Blood (2000).
Rex vs. Singh (2008, 30 minutes)
A collaboration with John Greyson and Ali Kazimi, Rex vs. Singh re-examines a 1915 sodomy case involving two Sikh men entrapped by Vancouver police. Techniques from documentary, narrative and experimental cinema are brought together to mine the intersection of racism and homophobia a year after the notorious Komogata Maru incident.
Sea in the Blood (2000, 24 minutes)
Sea in the Blood is an autobiographical video about love and loss, intertwining two relationships (sister and lover) and two diseases of the blood (thallasemia and HIV/AIDS
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Discussants: Dr. Victor Falkenheim and Dr. Helen Wu
1:00-3:00pm, Monday, November 15, 2010
Current Periodical Area, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, University of Toronto
Rm. 8049, Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street, Toronto
Free admission. Limited seats available, therefore please RSVP to Lucy Gan by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone at 416-978-1025.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Most of the Chinese rare books in the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library belong to the so-called “Mu Collection” - a private collection of scholarly books from Mr. Mu Xuexun (慕學勛1880-1929). Mu was born in Penglai County, Shandong Province. He graduated from Beiyang University (北洋大學堂) in Tianjin in 1911 and worked as the Chinese Secretary at the German Legation in Beijing for seventeen years (1912-1929). He spent over twenty-five years building up his personal library, which consisted of roughly forty thousand volumes of books.
At the time when Mu Xuexun passed away in 1929, his son had been assigned to a position outside of Beijing and so the family decided to sell the rare book collection. Canadian missionary Bishop William Charles White (1873-1960) offered $10,500 to purchase it in its entirety and his offer was accepted by the Mu family. White was the first Anglican Bishop in Henan Province (1901-1930) stationed at the city of Kaifeng （開封）and the first Canadian bishop to be consecrated for service in the mission field.
Ten Chinese workers were hired to prepare a descriptive catalogue for the library collection. The book shipment arrived at Toronto in June, 1935. At the time, it was the third largest university collection of Chinese books in North America, after the Gest Library at McGill University (later transferred to Princeton University) and the Harvard-Yenching Library at Harvard University. The Mu Collection was first housed in ROM’s Sigmund Samuel Gallery. On 5 November 1937, the Library opened officially in a new addition specially built for the Mu Collection with the name “Professor H.H. Mu Library of Chinese Books”. Bishop White was appointed the first keeper of the Library.
In 1968, the majority of the Mu Collection became part of the University of Toronto Libraries’ holdings. At that time, an East Asiatic Studies Library was created with holdings of sixty thousand volumes— apart from the original Mu Collection - that had been added to the library in the years since 1937. In 1974, the East Asiatic Studies Library moved to the newly constructed John P. Robarts Research Library, the main humanities and social sciences library of the University of Toronto Libraries where it was absorbed into the Central Library and renamed as the ‘East Asian Library’. The Mu Collection was relocated to its own rare book reading room, with part of it kept in compact shelving in a restricted area.
In the Mu Collection, there are two volumes of Song Dynasty (960 - 1279) editions, ninety-eight volumes of Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368) editions, 230 titles of Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) editions, around 400 titles of Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911) editions from before the 60th year of Emperor Qianlong’s reign (1795) and 50 titles of Ming and Qing manuscripts. Some of these are unique and exceedingly rare materials. This exhibition contains two parts: Part I is displayed in the EAL Rare Book Reading Room close to the main entrance of the library and the part II displays here. You can find publications related to the Chinese rare book collections and the history of this library in the last case of this display. For more information, please contact our staff.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Starting from the 2010 fall semester, the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library will launch a six-part Film Lecture Series, inviting acclaimed Asian Canadian directors/producers to share their filmmaking experience, especially from the perspective of being Asian Canadians in the multicultural landscape of Canada.
In each of the lectures, films will be screened starting from 2:30pm on the selected Wednesday afternoons. All lectures are free and open to all.
- 2:30-5:00pm, Nov. 3, 2010
Speaker: Dr. Tony Chan, on two of his documentary films, Chinese Cafes in Rural Saskatchewan and American Nurse.
- 2:30-5:00pm, Nov. 24, 2010
Speaker: Brenda Joy Lem, on her films, The Compact and Open Letter.
- 2:30-5:00pm, Dec. 1, 2010
Speaker: Richard Fung, TBD
- 2:30-5:00pm, Jan. 19, 2011
Speaker: Keith Lock, on his 2009 new film, The Ache.
- 2:30-5:00pm, Feb. 14, 2011
Speaker: Diana Dai, on China's Earthquake: The People in the Pictures, an award-winning documentary film she produced and directed in 2009.
- 2:30-5:00pm, Mar. 2, 2011
Speaker: Irene Chu, on one episode from the 20-part drama series, Once Upon a Time in Toronto.
The lectures are free and open to all. But registration is required due to a limited number of seats available. EAL is now accepting registrations for Dr. Chan's lecture. Please RSVP to Lucy Gan by email (email@example.com ) or by phone (416978-1025).
EAL is now accepting registration for the first lecture in the series: Dr. Tony Chan is going to talk about his two films on November 3. For information about this lecture, check the the link at https://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0B0QyP8yesA5-NzBmZDQ0MjQtNDY2Yy00YjRiLWI2Y2UtOTA5YzkxNWVmZGQw&hl=en
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Meiji and Taisho Eras: 123,000 pages of the Asahi Shinbun between 1879 (when it was first published) and end of the Taisho era in 1926. Users can view the original newspaper as PDF, and all the articles and advertisements can be searched by dates, section numbers, time-line, keywords, and subject classification.
Pre-War Showa Period (early Showa): 80,000 pages of Asahi Shinbun as images. It covers the period of early Showa through the Great Depression to the post-war Occupation period. In addition, it includes 470,000 advertisements.
In order to search articles from 1879 onwards, make sure you click on the 朝日新聞縮刷版 [Asahi Shinbun Shukusatsuban] tab.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Fabiano Rocha, Japan Studies Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
The KPM provides more than 100 real-time reports on a daily basis including all the paper articles in 6 major North Korean newspapers such as Nodong sinmun (노동 신문), Minju Chosŏn (민주 조선) and Pyongyang Times as well as articles and treatises in 15 journals including “Kyŏngje yŏn’gu (경제 연구).” KPM also offers news reports by the local journalists of the “Pyongyang Branch of Chosŏn sinbo (조선 신보).” News on political parties and government offices, news on metropolitan and local areas, in-depth coverage in the economic field, interviews with people in various industries, and so on, can be viewed with site photographs in real time.
Access to the KPM database
From the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library homepage:
Path: East Asian Library Website Resources menu Korea Studies Resources Search e-newspapers KPM
We have two month trial subscription so we hope that you will make the most of it.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Korea Studies Librarian, Hana Kim at email@example.com.
Monday, August 30, 2010
The website results from a project undertaken by a UofT professor and one of his graudate students.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
"Chinese America: History and Perspectives" is also available to the UofT community through two databases, Gale and Expanded Academic ASAP. The coverage of both starts from 2001. Access to the two databaes is restricted to current UofT students, faculty and staff.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
For the first time in its annual International Migration Outlook, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development calculated "stay rates" for students converting their status from student to migrant. The 2010 report states that "international students have become a significant group in international migration flows in OECD countries" due to "broader policies to attract and retain highly skilled migrants." Such policies include Canada's facilitation of permanent residency for international graduates. According to figures based on 2007 status changes, the number of student-to-worker status changes is nearly 13,000 in Canada, one of the highest numbers among OECD nations. The OECD reports that the majority of students (61%) who changed status did so for work-related reasons, with a higher share of changes due to marriage in Germany and for humanitarian reasons in Canada.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Dear Friends of the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library,
It’s with great concern that we send you what is very distressing news about developments still unfolding at the University of Toronto and solicit your support. The Faculty of Arts and Science has recently proposed in its strategic plan to eliminate the Department of East Asian Studies, starting from the fall of 2011.
The Department of East Asian Studies, with a history for more than 70 years, has been very successful in promoting multi-disciplinary studies in the history, culture and society of the East Asian region. With an enrollment of over 1,000 students, it is one of the largest and most respected East Asian Studies Programs in North America.
The decision by the Faculty of Arts and Science to eliminate this successful department in the biggest university in Canada and at a time when Canada’s political, economic and cultural relations with East Asia are expanding and strengthening is truly regrettable and very unsettling.
The disestablishment of the department will not only harm Canadian research on East Asia, but will also dismantle an important education centre to teach and inform young Canadians about Asian culture and traditions. This will inevitably erode the chance for Asian Canadians to have their culture represented in Canadian society as a whole.
We need your help immediately to reverse and prevent this ill-conceived decision from going forward. If you value East Asian culture, if you care about strengthening East Asian Studies in Canada, and believe in cross-cultural dialogue, please help us with the following efforts:
1. Sign the online petition, ‘Save the East Asian Studies Program at the University of Toronto’ at http://www.petitiononline.com/saveeas/petition.html, and
2. Write to the President OR Vice President with a copy to the Dean of the University to oppose the dissolution of the Department of East Asian Studies. The relevant email and postal addresses appear below. Many thanks for your help and support.
Write a hard copy letter to:
Dr. David Naylor, the President of the University of Toronto
Mailing Address: Dr. David Naylor
Office of the President
University of Toronto
27 King's College Circle, Room 206
Toronto, ON Canada
Professor Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost of the University of Toronto
Mailing Address: Prof. Cheryl Misak
Simcoe Hall, Room 225
27 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1
Tel: 416.978.2122 Fax: 416.978.3939
With other contact info for cc:
Meric Gertler, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science
Mailing Address: Dean Meric Gertler
University of Toronto
Faculty of Arts & Science
100 St. George Street
Toronto, ON CANADA M5S 3G3
You can find more information about this decision and the developing situation by following these links:
Save East Asian Studies at U of T:
Against the integration of the EAS into the new School of Languages and Literatures
The Varsity article about the A&S changes:
Please also help us spread the message among your friends and whoever may be interested. Thank you all for your support!
The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library Team
Monday, July 26, 2010
Article summary: "This is a short, pragmatic guide designed to assist researchers, particularly graduate students and other novice scholars, through initial stages of Japan-based study. All of the advice here is designed to help researchers address what they should do, how they should do it, and the long-term dividends they can enjoy through careful conduct in the field."
Mclaughlin, Levi. "All Research is Fieldwork: A Practical Introduction to Studying in Japan as a Foreign Researcher." The Asia Pacific-Journal: Japan Focus.
Available online: http://japanfocus.org/-Levi-McLaughlin/3388 (Accessed on July 26, 2010)
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, & Global
@ UTSC jointly present
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Presented by Dr. Keith D. Lowe
Speakers: Dr. Keith D. Lowe (羅金生)
Chair: Dr. Helen Xiaoyan Wu
Date & time:
Location: Current Periodical Area, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library
(On the 8th floor of the Robarts Library at
Registration: Seats are limited and registration is required. To register, contact Lucy
Gan by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone 416-978-1025
Language: All talks are in English
Bio of Dr. Keith D. Lowe
A graduate of
Dr. Lowe is a descendant of the Lowe clan which devoted three generations to building Crane Lake New Residence near Longgang city in the Shenzhen region. This magnificent walled villa was completed in 1817. The villa is reputed to be the largest five-phoenix villa in
A former president of the Ontario Multicultural Association, Dr. Lowe served two terms as a director of the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto. He headed the first and second Toronto Hakka Conference held at
Friday, June 18, 2010
Technical support for eduroam will be provided by one's home institution. For UofT faculty, staff or students to visit another participating institution, they should contact the Information Commons Help Desk (email@example.com, 416-978-4357)for technical support to configure their laptop BEFORE they go to another university.
Visitors from other participating universities should be able to use their own credentials to login to the wireless when at UofT libraries. Visitors to UofT should contact their home institution's IT support for assistance.
UofT faculty, staff and students can consult the Information Commons Help Desk for any questions about Eduroam.
Some UofT information pages about Eduroam:
UTL Computers & accessing eResources: http://discover.library.utoronto.ca/services/computing-connecting
Gerstein's "All services" page: http://gerstein.library.utoronto.ca/services/all-services
Gerstein's Services to faculty page: http://gerstein.library.utoronto.ca/faculty/services-for-faculty
eduroam @ UofT: http://eduroam.utoronto.ca/