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III. Policies: Asian Studies

  • Subject name: Asian Studies
  • Subject abbreviations: ASN
  • Bibliographer: Xiang Li, Adam Lisbon
  • Other subject responsibilities:
  • Address: 184 UCB, Norlin Library
  • Phone: Xiang Li, 303-492-7454, Adam Lisbon, 303-492-8822
  • Email: Xiang.Li@colorado.edu, Adam.Lisbon@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:

The collection supports the research and teaching needs of many departments at CU, most particularly the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations. The collection development emphasis is on acquiring current and retrospective materials on Japanese and Chinese language, literature and cultural studies, as well as resources on Arabic, Farsi/Persian, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean and Urdu studies. Materials are primarily in vernacular languages but also include English and other Western language resources.  Western language materials are also selected by other subject bibliographers.

A. Curricular Emphasis:

The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations offers a curricular emphasis on instruction of the Chinese and Japanese language, literature and culture.  In recent years, the department is rapidly expanding its curriculum to language and cultural courses on South, Southeast, Southwest and Central Asian areas.


At the undergraduate level, the program is devoted to language proficiency acquisition in a broadly informed cultural context.  The department offers not only language classes (Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Farsi/Persian, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean and Urdu), but also cultural studies/civilization courses taught in English.


At the graduate level, the coursework concentrates on Chinese and Japanese studies. The goal is to provide a common foundation in key methodological and theoretical issues in the academic study of East Asia. Core seminars are on Chinese or Japanese research methodology and bibliography, language and literature, literary translation, religious studies, thought and culture, as well as pedagogical theory and methods.


Asian Studies are well represented in other departments on the campus, including Anthropology, Art, Comparative Literature, Economics, Film Studies, Geography, History, Journalism and Mass Communication, Linguistics, Music, Political Science, Religious Studies, Theater and Dance, Women’s Studies. Each of these departments has one or more faculty whose research and teaching focuses on Asia. Courses taken in any of these departments could count toward the M.A. degree with the approval of the department.


B. Research Emphasis:

Research focus of the Department is on Chinese and Japanese languages, literature, cultural studies, and pedagogy.  The faculty members are engaged in a broad spectrum of research areas, including, but not limited to, the following: early, medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary Chinese literature, including fiction, poetry, women’s literature, theater, vernacular literature, letters and letter writing,  politico-psychological texts,  and textual criticism; Chinese religious, cultural, and women’s history; classical Chinese philosophy; Chinese philology and manuscript studies; Chinese language pedagogy; Heian, medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary Japanese literature, including fiction, poetry and poetics, theater, women’s literature, and Buddhist literature; Japanese performance and performance theory and visual culture; Japanese language pedagogy; translation theory and practice; Japanese colonial literature and culture; Feminist theory; gender and sexuality studies.

The department also supports research in Arabic, Farsi/Persian, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean and Urdu language, literature, and cultural studies. Faculty members’ research interests are on Western Islamic history and world history, post-secondary education, and foreign languages and cultures; Farsi/Persian Language; South Asian Literature and Culture; Dalit Studies; Post-colonial Studies; Contemporary Hindi Literature and Film; Translation Studies; Indonesian and Javanese Languages and Literature; Coding modalities in Korean predicates.


C. Level of Degrees Granted:

BA in Chinese, Japanese and Asian Studies; MA in Chinese and Japanese; PHD in Chinese and Japanese (pending)


D. Special Studies Programs:

Undergraduate minor in Japanese;  beginning and intermediate courses in Arabic, Farsi/Persian and Korean; beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in Hindi and Urdu; dual M.A. program in conjunction with the departments of History and Religious Studies; PhD in Chinese and Japanese in conjunction with the department of Comparative Literature.


E. Other subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:

Anthropology, Art and Art History, Comparative Literature, Economics, Film Studies, Geography, History, Journalism and Mass Communication, Linguistics, Music, Political Science, Religious Studies, Theater and Dance, Women’s Studies.


F. Institutes or Labs That utilize Materials:

Center for Asian Studies; Center for the Humanities and Arts.


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:

As the only such collection in the Rocky Mountain Front Range area, the Asian Studies collections, especially Chinese and Japanese materials, are heavily used nationally, via Interlibrary Loan, regionally via Prospector by other Asian studies programs of public and private universities and colleges such as Colorado State University and Denver University. They are also used by the Asian communities and local business communities in Boulder and the Greater Denver area.


H. Other Considerations:

A large series of Chinese local gazetteers and some less used materials are housed in PASCAL, the Library’s offsite storage facility.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:

Most Western language materials are acquired through an approval plan for books from Blackwell North America. Individual subject specialists in the library also select Western language materials on Asian Studies.  Materials in vernacular scripts are selected from catalogs and reviews. Teaching and research materials requested by faculty and graduate students are given priority. Faculty suggestions are solicited and ordered according to collection goals. 

As a general policy, the Library does not purchase textbooks and only one copy of a title is purchased for the collection. Requests for multiple copies require a justification.

Gift books are selectively accepted. The Libraries’ gift-in-kind policy will be followed.


B. Languages:

Most primary and secondary materials are in the Chinese and Japanese languages.  In recent years, the Library also started its acquisition of Arabic, Farsi/Persian, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean and Urdu materials funded by grants. Materials in English and other Western languages are mostly secondary materials and reference works.


C. Chronological Guidelines:

There are no chronological limitations for the collection.


D. Geographical Guidelines:

Emphasis is placed on works published in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, the United States and Europe.  Works on Asian Studies published in other parts of the world are also collected. 


E. Treatment of Subject:

Scholarly publications are collected for the areas of Chinese and Japanese language, literature, and cultural studies. A primary aim of the collection is to cover Chinese and Japanese language and literature in all periods. Reference works and basic materials for Arabic, Farsi/Persian, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean and Urdu language, literature, and cultural studies are also collected. Priorities are given to the curricular and research interests of the Asian Languages and Civilizations Department. 


F. Types of Materials:

Print monographs, periodicals, and reference works, electronic resources, audio-visual materials that support research and instruction, some microforms.


G. Date of Publication:

Current and retrospective.


H. Other General Considerations:

The collection of materials in the CJK scripts is housed in three locations in the Norlin library. Reference works, current periodicals, newspapers, and highly used multi-volume sets are located in the Reference and Instruction area on the second floor of the Norlin Library. Monographs and bound periodicals are shelved by call number in the Norlin Basement. Multimedia materials and microfilms are housed in room S220a on the second floor of the Norlin Library. Materials in other Asian languages are interfiled with western language materials in the Norlin Library.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

East Asian materials in the CJK original scripts are highly inter-disciplinary and include works from A-Z LC classifications; however the core of the collection is mostly classified in PL and DS classifications.

DS701-799.9: History of Asia-- China
DS801-897:  History of Asia-- Japan
DS901-937:  History of Asia-- Korea
PL 501-889:  Japanese Language and Literature
PL 901-988:  Korean Language and Literature
PL1001-3208:  Chinese language and Literature