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Japanese Censorship Collection at the Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Eiichi Ito, Japanese Reference Specialist, Asian Division.) The Library of Congress recently launched the Japanese Censorship Collection, an online archive comprising more than one thousand marked-up copies of government-censored monographs and galley proofs from prewar Japan. All the digitized materials in this collection are currently available for viewing onsite, […]

Minakata Kumagusu and the Tale of the Mountain God

(The following is a post by Cameron Penwell, Japanese Reference Librarian, Asian Division) On a shelf in the Japan rare book cage sits a small, unassuming wooden box next to a carefully preserved and tightly rolled scroll. Unfurled, the scroll reveals a hand-written Japanese text alongside fanciful images of anthropomorphic animals that together portray the […]

Korean War Propaganda Leaflet Collection at the Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Sonya Lee, Reference Specialist, Korean Collection, Asian Division) The Korean War Propaganda Leaflet Collection in the Asian Division of the Library of Congress provides a unique look into an aspect of that conflict that is often overlooked: psychological warfare. The aim of psychological warfare, or psywar, is to gain […]

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 […]

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), […]

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 […]