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Asian Studies: Home

general guide for finding materials on Asia at UF

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Asian Studies Collection

The Asian Studies Collection at UF includes over 80,000 items covering East, Southeast, South Asia, as well as materials on the Asian diaspora. To support course and language offerings at UF, the primary focus is on greater China (the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong SAR, and Taiwan), Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. The collection also reflects the interconnected and interdisciplinary field of Asia as an area of study through coverage of its history, religion, literature, culture, politics, society, language, and peoples.  

Most of the materials in the collection are housed in Library West, the Humanities and Social Sciences Library and can be found through the library catalog. About a third of the collection is digital (i.e. e-books and other e-resources) and can be searched via Onesearch, the Library Catalog, or available databases. A portion of the print materials are located in off-site locations and can be requested through UBorrow. We also have a robust ILL, or Interlibrary loan, system through which you may request off-campus items, including pdf scans of journal articles not available through UF. Please see tabs for details on journals, databases, and books for specific areas.

Almost all libraries on campus hold items that are relevant to the study of Asia. Of special note are art history books in the the Architecture & Fine Arts Library (AFA) as well as rare books and facsimiles of art in Special Collections (Smathers or formerly Library East). Digitized collections on Asia at UF, including this catalog of Chinese bronzes, can be searched here. This page also includes information about Asian collections at the Harn Museum of Art as well as a list of other Asian collections in Florida. 



December 22, 2020

Vulture announces film adaptation of MacArthur Genius grant recipient Ocean Vuong's 2019 novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. Check out Vuong's novel at LIbrary West or at your local library.

Cover ArtOn Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong 

Published 2019


October 16, 2020

Thessaly La Force covers New Heritage, a New York based fashion label headed by three Asian designers, for fashion platform Ssense. La Force notes particularly their influences in personal pan-Asian histories as well as filmmakers such as Edward Yang, Pedro Almadóvar, and Wong Kar-wai. You can find works on Asian fashion and New Wave cinema as well as films by directors referenced in this article at Library West. Try keyword search: Yang, Dechang (for Edward Yang) or Wong Kar-wai or "Asian Fashion History." Check out subject headings "Motion pictures -- Taiwan -- History" and "Motion pictures -- Asia -- History." 


September 12, 2020

Check out this interview with Mingjie Chen, author of The Sino-Japanese War and Youth Literature: Friends and Foes on the Battlefield, available as an e-book at UF.

The Sino-Japanese War and Youth Literature: Friends and Foes on the Battlefield by Mingjia Chen

Published 2016

June 12, 2020

Synchronized swimmer and community organizing member Jae Hyun Shim writes on Minnesota grassroots community organizers for Truthout. See: "Minneapolis Organizers Are Already Building the tools for Safety Without Police."

June 4, 2020

UW-Madison Asian American studies professor James McMaster writes on protests in Madison for Red Madison. See: "Black Youth Remade the World in Madison's Capitol Square Last Night."

May 23, 2020

Read Wilfred Chan's latest Nation piece on the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong, "The Infinite Heartbreak of Loving Hong Kong," for insight into global uprisings against criminalization as a tool of oppression.

Follow up with these titles: 

Cover ArtTake Back Our Future by Ching Kwan Lee (Editor); Ming Sing (Editor) 

Published 2019


Cover ArtThe Umbrella Movement by Ngok Ma (Editor); Edmund W. Cheng (Editor) 

Published 2019


May 5, 2020

The New York Time's recent coverage of how professional baseball is faring in Taiwan offers a chance to revisit the rich history of this sport's presence in East Asia. Check out these recent titles, both available in e-book form, at Library West:

Empire of Infields by John J. Harney  

Published 2019


Colonial Project, National Game by Andrew D. Morris   

Published 2010



April 20, 2020

The Asian Art Archive recently published an essay titled "The Aesthetic Project of Remaking 'Yellow Identity'" where author Mimi Wong references many works contextualizing and theorizing ideas about Asian Aesthetics, including Anne Anlin Cheng's Ornamentalism. Check out Cheng's work in LIbrary West's Asian collection: 

Cover ArtOrnamentalism by Anne Anlin Cheng 

Published 2019

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