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The First Asian Books in the Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Hong Ta-Moore, Reference Librarian, Asian Division.) In 1865, America experienced major social and political changes: President Lincoln was assassinated; the American Civil War ended; and the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery in the United States became law. Unrelated to all these changes, Congress authorized, that same year, additional funding […]

The Story of Water Margin (水滸傳)

(The following is a post by Jeffrey Wang, Reference Specialist for the Chinese Collection, Asian Division.) In the course of the last six hundred years, many masterpieces of Chinese fiction have become classics and wielded tremendous influence over the thoughts and imagination of the Chinese people. Among them is the “Story of Water Margin” (水滸傳), […]

Chinese Periodicals Related to the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) in the Asian Division, Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Yuwu Song, Chinese Reference Specialist, Asian Division.) The Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945 started with the Marco Polo Bridge Incident on July 7, 1937, when a dispute over a missing Japanese soldier escalated into a battle. All-out war broke out shortly afterwards, and ended with the unconditional surrender of Japan […]

New Videos Monthly, 6/9/2017

Following are the online recordings (webcasts) of recent public programs pertaining to the Library’s international collections. To discover more videos, visit the four area studies divisions here: African and Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and Hispanic. African and Middle Eastern Division Title: Discovery of the Secret of the Great Pyramid & the Tomb of Tutankhamun (view on YouTube) SPEAKER: Mamdouh Eldamaty EVENT […]

Inquiring Minds: Diaries Shed New Light on Lao’s 20th-Century Upheavals

(The following is a repost by Wendi Maloney of the Office of Communications. The interview originally appeared on the Library of Congress Blog.) Ryan Wolfson-Ford spent two weeks at the Library of Congress in May thanks to the Library’s Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship Program. It supports scholars pursuing research in Asian studies using the collections […]

New Finding Aid: Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Resources

(The following is a repost by Andrew Gaudio, reference librarian and classics, medieval studies and linguistics specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. The post originally appeared on the Library of Congress Blog.) The Library of Congress collects materials on most subjects, excluding agriculture and medicine. In a collection of over 160 million items, […]

4 Corners of the World Blog Launches a New Series, “New Videos Monthly”

“New Videos Monthly” is a new series that gathers in one place online videos recently made available on the Library’s website of public programs pertaining to the Library’s international collections. A post will be published every month and videos will be listed under each of the four area studies divisions respectively. To kick off the […]

Keynote Presentations and Collections Display at the 11th Annual International Mongolian Studies Conference at the Library of Congress January 27, 2017

(The following is a post by Susan Meinheit, Mongolian and Tibetan Reference Specialist, Asian Division) The Asian Division recently welcomed over 80 Mongolian scholars for the keynote session of the 11th Annual International Mongolian Studies Conference. The conference is a yearly two-day event hosted by the Mongolian Cultural Association located in Falls Church, VA, and […]

South Asia at the Library of Congress: The Albrecht Weber Collection (1904)

(The following is a post by Jonathan Loar, Reference Librarian for South Asian collection, Asian Division.) Between the end of the 18th and the start of the 19th century, India was becoming a major academic subject throughout Europe. The discovery that many words in the ancient Indian language Sanskrit (e.g., dasha – ten, akshi – […]