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Rabindranath Tagore: A Great Indian Poet and Writer

(The following is a post by Nuzhat Khatoon, South Asia Specialist, Asian Division.) My Recollections of Rabindranath Tagore’s Works My main recollection of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) lies not in his poetry, music, dramas, novels, or paintings, but rather with his “Jana Gana Mana” (Thou Art the Ruler of the Minds of All People), India’s national […]

At the Library: An Interview with Peng Guoxiang, 2016 Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North, Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Qi Qiu, Head of Scholarly Services, Asian Division.) For the first time in 16 years the Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North is a scholar in Chinese Studies. Peng Guoxiang, Professor of Chinese Philosophy, Intellectual History and Religions at Zhejiang University, was selected in July 2016 […]

Poet Laureate Visits Library’s Asian Division

(The following is a repost from ”From the Catbird Seat” written by Kelly Yuzawa, who works within the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress and was previously a staff detail in the Poetry and Literature Center.) During a visit to the Library at the end of October, Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera […]

An Illustrated Book of the Story of Three Kingdoms

(The following is a post by Jeffrey Wang, Reference Specialist, Asian Division.) “The Story of Three Kingdoms” (Sanguo Yanyi), created by Luo Guanzhong (1330-1400), is a historical novel and one of the greatest Chinese literary masterpieces. It is largely based on the historical work “Annals of the Three Kingdoms” (Sanguo Zhi) by Chen Shou (233-297), […]

Country in the News: Thailand

(The following is a post by Hong Ta-Moore, Reference Librarian for Southeast Asia Collection, Asian Division.) On October 13, 2016, the United States joined the Kingdom of Thailand in paying homage to the passing of their longest-reigning monarch, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). His Majesty passed away at the Siriraj Hospital in the […]

James Gale and the Korean Rare Materials at the Korean Collection, Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Sonya Lee, Reference Specialist, Korean Collection, Asian Division.) Even though the Library of Congress did not start collecting Korean materials earnestly until the early 20th century, now its Korean collection is the largest and most comprehensive outside of East Asia. One of its strength is its collection of works […]

Posters on the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-45 at the Asian Division, Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Yuwu Song, Reference Specialist, Asian Division.) Constituting one of the most destructive conflicts of World War II, the Sino-Japanese War (1937-45) started with the Marco Polo Bridge Incident of July 7, 1937, and ended with the surrender of Japan in August 1945. This war marked the culmination of the […]

Founding Singapore: The Story of William Farquhar

(The following is a post by Hong Ta-Moore, Reference Librarian, Southeast Asia Collection, Asian Division) Those knowledgeable of Singaporean affairs are aware that August is a significant month for the history of this island nation-state. On August 31, 1963 and August 9, 1965, Singapore achieved independence from Britain and the Federation of Malaysia respectively. We […]

A Newly Acquired Tibetan Kanjur: The Dragon Tripitaka

(The following is a post by Susan Meinheit, Reference Specialist for Tibet, Asian Division) A very attractive task it is to pursue the gradual growth of the Kanjur and Tanjur through the course of many centuries, and to establish the chronology of the translations. (Berthold Laufer, “Notices of Books,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, […]

A New Perspective on the Short Stories of Lu Xun to Be Discussed on June 15

Probably best known for his short stories and novellas such as “A Madman’s Diary” (狂人日记) in 1918 and “The True Story of Ah Q” (阿Q正传) in 1921, Lu Xun (鲁迅, 1881-1936) is considered one of the most significant authors of modern Chinese literature. His leftist and liberal works first gained influence following the 1919 May […]