Asian Studies (non-Asian languages)


The Asian Studies collection serves the needs of the faculty and students in the Asian Studies Department as well as a number of other departments across campus.

Current areas of collecting

The Asian Studies collector acquires materials relating to the languages, literature, history, religion, thought and culture of China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia (particularly Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia), India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Special emphasis is on China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the Pacific Rim in general.

Research and publishing characteristics

Asian Studies is a composite of pure disciplines, with medium volume and low to medium average price (depending on geographic origin of the publication). Monographs and retrospective materials are essential. Some practical, textual material is necessary for language courses. Films and videos are very useful for cultural background information.


Predominantly English with selective coverage of other major European languages, including English translations of creative writing originally written in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Bahasa Indonesia, Thai, Bahasa Malay, Indic, and Farsi languages.

Geographic origin

Primarily North America, Europe, Australasia and Asia.

Collections in other UBC Libraries/ Areas of overlap

Asian Library: Vernacular materials in all formats, with special emphasis on East & South Asia and Indonesia. OtherĀ  works in Western languages requiring a knowledge of Asian languages, such as: History, Sociology, Linguistics of Asian languages or works on pronunciation of Asian languages; Literary and religious texts annotated in Western languages; textbooks in Western languages for Asian language courses at the post-secondary level: grammars, readers designed for language instruction, conversation & phrase books, writing instruction books; Bilingual & multilingual dictionaries that include an Asian language; Concordances of Asian literary & religious texts; Other reference works relating to Asian language collections.

Education Library: Prescribed high school text books for Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.

Law Library: Asian law collection includes vernacular materials.

Special Collections: Tokugawa map collection (1600-1868 AD); publications and manuscripts relating to the Japanese in B.C.