Monday, November 15, 2010

Two New Brochures on Korean Studies materials

Dear Korean Studies materials users,

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

Thursday, November 11, 2010

EAL Film Lecture Series: Richard Fung on December 1, 2010

2:30-5:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 1, 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

EAL Lecture: Flexible Diplomacy of Taiwan and Its Relation to Cross-Strait Reconciliation

Speaker: Dr. Francis Tsu-ching Hu (胡祖慶), Department of Political Science, Tung Hai University, Taiwan

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 ( or by phone at 416-978-1025.

Dr. Francis Tsu-ching Hu is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan. In June 2005, he was elected a deputy of the National Assembly (國民大會代表) and has since 2006 served as one of the twenty-one members of the Referendum Committee of the Executive Yuan (行政院公民投票審議委員). He has paid many trips to mainland China as a member of the People First Party (親民黨) delegation. His major fields of research include comparative politics, cross-Strait relations, and party coalition. His representative books published in Taiwan include Bijiao Zhengfu yu Zhengzhi《比較政府與政治(Comparative Government and Politics) and Zhengdang Hezuo yu Jiemeng《政黨合作與結盟(Cooperation and Coalition between Political Parties). James Soong (宋楚瑜) and Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) both wrote prefaces for Zhengdang Hezuo yu Jiemeng.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Exhibition of Chinese Rare Books at EAL

Leaves of Enchantment, Bones of Inspiration: The Dawn of Chinese Studies in Canada is the first comprehensive exhibition of Chinese rare books held in the University of Toronto Libraries. This joint project by the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library was on display in the Fisher Library from May 25 to September 17, 2010. The current installation includes parts of the earlier exhibition.

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

2010-2011 EAL Film Lecture Series

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.

Lecture Schedule:

  1. 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. 2:30-5:00pm, Nov. 24, 2010
    Speaker: Brenda Joy Lem, on her films,
    The Compact and Open Letter.

  3. 2:30-5:00pm, Dec. 1, 2010
    Speaker: Richard Fung, TBD

  4. 2:30-5:00pm, Jan. 19, 2011
    Speaker: Keith Lock, on his 2009 new film,
    The Ache.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 ( ) 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

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Extended Coverage for Kikuzo II Visual for Libraries (Asahi Shinbun Database)

We are pleased to announce that the coverage for Kikuzo II Visual for Libraries has been extended. Up to now, we had access to Asahi Shinbun full-text articles from 1945 to present. With the new additional package, we gained access to the full-text articles (Asahi Shinbun Shukusatsuban) as ealry as 1879. Please see below a description of the contents:

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

Thursday, September 2, 2010

North Korean newspaper database, KPM

The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library will have a trial subscription to the “KPM (=Chosŏn ŏllon chŏngbo kiji/조선 언론 정보 기지)” from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 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

Monday, August 30, 2010

Online Forum on Chinese Cultural Revoluation -- "地方文革"论坛

"地方文革" is an online forum devoted to collecting information of primary source materials about the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

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

"Chinese America: History and Perspectives" is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) to recount history of Chinese Americans through scholarly essays, oral histories, memoirs, and translations. The journal began publication in 1987. Some of its articles are now available at Goliath. Intersted readers can set up temporary logins at Goliath to retrieve these articles for free.

"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

OECD: International Migration Outlook 2010

OECD: Interntinal Migration Outlook 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

Latest Issue of The EAL Newsletter Released

The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library releases its July, 2010 issue of The EAL Newsletter, which is now available online at

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The East Asian Studies Program at UofT Needs Your Support!

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, 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
M5S 1A1


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:



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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

All Research is Fieldwork: A Practical Introduction to Studying in Japan as a Foreign Researcher

The following article published by Levi McLaughlin, an assistant professor of Religion at Wofford College may be of interest to those who are planning to do research in Japan.

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: (Accessed on July 26, 2010)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

EAL Lecture: Hakka Castle Dwellings -- UNESCO World Heritage Site

Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, & Global Asia Studies
jointly present

Hakka Castle Dwellings:

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Presented by Dr. Keith D. Lowe

Friday, July 9, 2010, at 2:30pm

Current Periodical Area, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library

Speakers: Dr. Keith D. Lowe (羅金生)

Chair: Dr. Helen Xiaoyan Wu

Date & time: Friday, July 9, 2010 starting at 2:30pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

Location: Current Periodical Area, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library

(On the 8th floor of the Robarts Library at 130 St. George Street, Toronto )

Registration: Seats are limited and registration is required. To register, contact Lucy

Gan by email ( or by phone 416-978-1025

Flyer: Downloadable

Language: All talks are in English


Utilizing many photographs and diagrams, Dr. Keith Lowe presents a survey of Hakka castle dwellings. He focuses on the tulou (土樓), or round earth castles common to the mountainous Hakka heartland where eastern Fujian adjoins northwestern Guangdong and southern Jiangxi province. He shows how the architecture reflects various stages of Chinese and Hakka history and culture. In 2008, UNESCO declared a group of tolous in Fujian a world heritage site.

Bio of Dr. Keith D. Lowe

A graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude), Lowe gained the Ph.D. in modern English and American literature at Stanford University. He was a professor at Howard University, Washington DC, and at the University of California at San Diego. He is also an educator specializing in curriculum development and a consultant in multiculturalism.

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 GuangdongProvince and possibly in all of China. In 1996, the Shenzhen municipality converted the villa into the Museum of Hakka Customs.

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 York University in December 2000 and December 2004.

Friday, June 18, 2010

EDUROAM: A New Service for UofT Faculty, Staff and Students

UofT has recently launched a new service, Eduroam (Education Roaming), which allows faculty, staff and students to use their UofT wireless login credentials to use wireless networks when they are visiting other participating universities (a list for Canadian universities, and some background information about Eduroam).

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 (, 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:

Gerstein's "All services" page:

Gerstein's Services to faculty page:

eduroam @ UofT: