Inside the World's Major East Asian Collections

Inside the World's Major East Asian Collections

One Belt, One Road, and Beyond

1st Edition - May 3, 2017

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  • Authors: Patrick Lo, Dickson Chiu, Allan Cho
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081021453
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081021460

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Inside the World’s Major East Asian Collections examines the rise of the “LAM,” an acronym that stands for libraries, archives and museums. In doing so, this book profiles leading experts—librarians, archivists and museum curators—who specialise in East Asian collections from across the world. In examining the dynamically shifting role of the cultural institution in the context of managing information and collections, this book provides important themes offered by these cultural experts in understanding the necessary professional skills, knowledge and personalities that are required for working in such environments of varying size, scope and composition in LAMs. As galleries, LAMs manage preservation and access of history and culture, and their missions and goals as cultural institutions continue to converge. As collecting institutions, LAMs share the common mandate to preserve and make accessible primary resources valuable for researchers and professionals, as well as the public. LAMs are mostly publicly funded, publicly accountable institutions collecting cultural heritage materials. Another aim of this book is to enhance the visibility and recognise the efforts of the LAM professionals as cultural institution leaders, since much of their great contributions in the respective fields to preserving our cultural and documentary heritages have gone unnoticed outside their parent institutions.

Key Features

  • Examines the roles and goals of cultural institutions
  • Brings collections to life through interviews with LAM experts
  • Presents LAMs with a focus on East Asia
  • Serves as a platform for LAM professionals to share and exchange experiences and insights


Academic librarians, archivitsts, and curators; LAMs practitioners; graduate students and researchers in library and information science, archival science, and museum studies

Table of Contents

  • European Collections
    1. The East Asia Collections at the Vatican Apostolic Library in Rome
    2. The Library of Venice and the East at the Giorgio Cini Foundation’s Centre for Comparative Studies of Cultures and Spiritualties
    3. The Chinese Collections from the Shang to Qing Dynasties at the British Library
    4. The Chinese, Japanese and Korean Studies Collections at the British Library
    5. The Chinese Collections at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library
    6. The Anthropology Collections of the Ewenki and Orochen Peoples at the University of Cambridge's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
    7. The Dunhuang International Manuscripts Project at the British Museum
    8. Asian Art Propaganda at the British Museum
    9. The East-Asian Library at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
    10. The Chinese, Japanese and Korean Collections at the Royal Library of Denmark
    11. The Asian Collections for the Nordic Asian Studies Community at University of Copenhagen’s Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Library and Information Centre
    12. The Chinese and Japanese Porcelain and Ceramic Art at the Museums of the Far East & the Royal Museums of Art and History of Belgium
    13. The East Asia Collections at the Berlin State Library
    14. The Chinese Collections at the Bavarian State Library’s Oriental and Asia Department
    15. The Chinese Collection that dates back to the 13th Century at the University of Zurich’s Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies Library
    16. Documenting the Cultural Exchange of Czechoslovak-Chinese Relations at the Charles University in Prague’s Chiang Ching-kuo International Sinological Center (CCK–ISC) and Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) Libraries
    17. Collecting Asia at the Library at the Oriental Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
    18. A Unique Chinese Collection for the Public at the Lyon Public Library in France
    19. The Kingdom of Naxi Manuscript Collections at the French School of the Far East
    20. The Collection of the History of French Interests In China and East Asia at the University Library of Languages and Civilisations
    21. The most comprehensive collection of Asian art at the National Museum of Asian Art Guimet Museum
    22. The Orient and Eastern collections at the National Library of France

    East Asian Collections in Asia
    1. The Digital Archives at the Japan Center for Asian Historical Records (JACAR)
    2. The Siberian Ethnographic Collections at Peter the Great Museum of Ethnology and Anthropology in Russia
    3. Imperial China’s collections at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan
    4. International Exchange and Networks of Cooperation at Taiwan’s National Central Library (NCL)

    1. Chronicle of Taiwan’s Collections at the National Central Library, Taiwan (ROC)
    2. The History of "Asian Hollywood" at the Hong Kong Film Archive
    3. The Traditional Chinese Medicine Library Collections at the Hong Kong Baptist University
    4. The Kung Fu Museum in Hong Kong by the School of Creative Media and the International Guoshu Association
    5. The School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
    6. Contemporary Asian Art at the Asia Art Archive (AAA)
    7. The Sport collections at the Hong Kong Sports Institute Library

    North America
    1. The East Asian Collections at the Princeton University Library’s East Asian Library
    2. The Japanese Collections at University of California, Berkeley’s C.V. Starr East Asian Library
    3. The Japanese Collections at the University of Michigan’s Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
    4. Azusa Tanaka, Japanese Studies Librarian, East Asia Library, University of Washington Libraries
    5. Exhibiting Bruce Lee Collections Around the World via the Bruce Lee Foundation (USA) and the Bruce Lee Exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Product details

  • No. of pages: 466
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2017
  • Published: May 3, 2017
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081021453
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081021460

About the Authors

Patrick Lo

Patrick Lo is currently serving as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Library, Information & Media Science, the University of Tsukuba in Japan. He earned his Doctor of Education from the University of Bristol (U.K.), and has a Master of Arts in Design Management from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a Master of Library & Information Science from McGill University (Canada), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University (Canada).

He also took part in a one-year academic exchange at the University of Tübingen in Germany from 1990-91. He is efficient in Chinese (both Cantonese and Putonghua), English and German. Dr. Patrick Lo has presented about 100 research papers and project reports focusing on librarianship, humanities, and education at different local and international workgroup meetings, seminars, conferences, etc., including: Mainland China, Hong Kong, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Turkey, United States, and Sweden, and at institutions including the Library of Congress (U.S.), Austrian National Library (Vienna), University of Vienna, National Library of France (Paris), National Institute of Informatics (Japan), Konrad-Zuse-Center for Information Technology (Berlin), etc. His research interests and areas of specialty include: comparative studies in library and information science (LIS); art and design librarianship and information literacy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Dickson Chiu

Dickson K.W. Chiu received the B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Computer Studies from the University of Hong Kong in 1987. He received the M.Sc. (1994) and the Ph.D. (2000) degrees in Computer Science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He started his own computer company while studying part-time. He is now teaching at the University of Hong Kong and has also taught at several universities in Hong Kong.

His research interest is in library and information management with a cross-disciplinary approach, involving workflows, software engineering, information technologies, management, security, and databases. The results have been widely published in over 150 papers in international journals and conference proceedings (most of them have been indexed by SCI, SCI-E, EI, and SSCI), including many practical master and undergraduate project results.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, University of Hong Kong

Allan Cho

Allan Cho is the Asian Studies librarian at Koerner Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences division.

His work also supports community engagement initiatives and cultural programming at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC Library. Allan also has MLIS and M.Ed degrees from the University of British Columbia, and an MA in History from the UBC History department where his thesis, “The Hong Kong Wuxia movie: identity and politics, 1966-1976,” focused on the rise of the Hong Kong swordplay films across the Chinese diaspora during turbulent period of the Cultural Revolution. He is also an instructor in the Department of Library & Information Technology at the University of Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada.

Affiliations and Expertise

Asian Studies Librarian, Koerner Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences division

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