Online Resources

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Asia Source
A resource of the Asia Society.

Asia Society's Asia Food
The source for Asian food information and recipes.

Maps of Asia
Maps of Asia from the well-known Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection of the University of Texas at Austin.

Ask Asia Map and Timeline Library
An excellent series of maps of Asia and of individual Asian countries from the Asia Society.

Asia for Educators
A "must visit" page for teachers of elementary-level students.

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
On-line highlights from one of the largest collections of Asian art (over 12,000 objects).

Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library
A massive library of Asia related websites. Listed topically and by nation.

The Freer Gallery and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
These two branches of the Smithsonian Institution dedicated to Asian art have examples on-line from each of their current exhibitions and from their permanent collections.
An on-line journal for the study and exhibition of the arts of Asia.

Ancient History Timelines and Tables
Includes chronology of Chinese history to 1911 (in pinyin and characters), chronologies of Southeast Asian history, 7193-21133 B.C., China's Qin dynasty, India's kings to 1193 A.D., dates of the Saravasti-Sindhu civilization, timelines of Japanese, Korean, Southern Asia and Silk Road histories.


Chinese Text Sampler
Readings in Chinese Literature, History and Popular Culture. An Annotated Collection of Digitized Chinese Texts for Students of Chinese Language and Culture.

European Association of Chinese Studies (EACS)
The most comprehensive online introduction to Chinese Studies in Europe.

Introduction to China
The Chinese Embassy in the U.S. provides several links divided by topic to learn more about China.

China, A Country Study
An extensive history of China is part of the on-line Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the Army.

China Journal
A searchable collection of images of the 1979-1992 (vols. 1-28) of China Journal (formerly The Australian Journal of Chinese Affairs), from the Contemporary China Centre, Australian National University.

Chinese Cinema
Reviews and articles by the site's organizer, Shelly Kracier, of the current film world of Hong Kong, Taiwan and the People's Republic of China.

MCLS Resource Center
This resource center contains, among other things, bibliographies of mostly English-language materials on modern Chinese literature, film, art, and culture and is maintained by Kirk A. Denton and Thomas Chan at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University, in conjunction with the journal Modern Chinese Literature and Culture.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Film Archive
Beginning in 1993, this Film Archive has begun gathering and preserving films made in Hong Kong with a current collection of over 4,300 items in its collection.

Hong Kong Movie Database
A very rich resource with a huge searchable database of films.


The Indian Parliament
A thorough introduction to the workings of the Indian Government.

The History of India
The history of India presented in four sections each viewed in the context of a detailed timeline.

India Today
Full text articles in this weekly magazine.

India Film
The History of Indian film Industry.


The BPS Site, Republic of Indonesia
Statistical data about Indonesia from Indonesia's Central Bureau of Statistics.


Books on Japan
Provides bibliographic information of books on Japan in Western languages processed by the National Diet Library (NDL).

Tale of Genji
Lawrence Marceau (University of Delaware) has contributed a fine chart of Genji chapter titles giving page numbers for chapters in the translation by Royall Tyler published in October 2001.

Japan GIS/Mapping Sciences Resource Guide
A guide to Japanese GIS (Geographic Information Systems) with digital data, satellite images, and maps of varying scales from several governmental agencies including Japan's Geographical Survey Institute.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In addition to major foreign policy statements, press conferences and speeches, the core of this site is the "Japan Information" section.

Ancient Japan
A view of the major events and cultural "concepts" of ancient Japan. The chronology ends with the Heian period, and cultural topics include music, writing, and arts of Japan with sections included on Buddhism.

Viewing Japanese Prints
An exhaustive number of Japanese print artists are accessible from this site.

Japan Documentation Center
Established in 1992 to collect and disseminate Japanese public policy information.

Japanese Film Listing
A long list, arranged alphabetically, of Japanese movies, each with a short one or two-sentence blurbs.

CJS: Japan on Film
The "Films by Title" section of this site offers an alphabetical list in English (then in Japanese) of many Japanese films.

Japanese History
Listings of time periods with descriptions of salient features and events of the period.

Asuka Historical Museum
Information on the Asuka period, on the stone-carved figures of Asuka, and extensive information on the temples of Asuka with accompanying photographs.

Edo Japan
Virtual tour of life in Edo with subjects ranging from Kabuki to Edo water supply with article links to short explanatory sections.

World War II: Pacific Theatre
Original source material pertaining to World War II, in particular to the Pacific War. Included are links to a report produced in 1946 by The Manhattan Engineer District about the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, government documents about Pearl Harbor, and an FBI report about Tokyo Rose.

Japan: A Country Study
Part of a series produced by the Library of Congress, this book offers a view of Japanese history in addition to the sections on the political, social and economic systems of the country.

A Bomb WWW Museum
Photos, diaries and reports of the Hiroshima bombing.

Japan Workbook
Asia for Educators devotes a few chapters to the history of Japan.

Internet East Asian History Sourcebook
Internet Sourcebooks are collections of texts in the public domain that are available for copying for educational purposes. Documents for Japan include: Traditional Japan, Japan as a World Power, Japan since World War II.

Japanese Politicians
A searchable database on Japanese politicians.


Embassy of the Republic of Korea
Encyclopedic resource produced by the Korean Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Korea in Brief - History
Prehistoric to contemporary history of Korea.
A site put together by Darcy Paquet, an American who lives in Korea and who works for the Korean Film Commission.

Korean Film Archive
This organization was founded in 1974 to collect and preserve the films and visual materials of Korea.

Korean Newspaper and News
A list of links to newspapers and journals in English and Korean.

Documents on the Korean War
A gargantuan list of links to primary document sources on the web relating to the Korean War put together by Vincent Ferraro, professor at Mt. Holyoke college.

Korean History: The Korean War
An extensive bibliography of books and articles in print (not on the Web) that covers all aspects of the Korean War, which is part of a larger bibliography maintained by the Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawaii.

South Korea - A Country Study
Details of the economy, society, political system and other salient information for South Korea.

North Korea - A Country Study
Details of the economy, society, political system and other salient information for North Korea.

The Korean Society
An archive of the Korea Society Quarterly downloadable in PDF format covers a variety of topics from Korean poetry to reunification.

Korean Government Homepage
Produced by the South Korean government, the page offers timely news features and is a portal to many articles about contemporary South Korea.

University of Hawaii Manoa Library: Korea Links
A broad collection of links to web references on Korea, organized by categories such as film, laws, and statistics.

Korean Literature Today
Archived editions of the journal Korean Literature Today translated into English.

DPRK - North Korea
Articles about North Korea organized by topic such as articles about North Korea with respect to Japan or about North Korea and the U.S. grouped by month and year with many topics covered between 1998 -2002.

National Museum of Korea
Room-by-room tour of the exhibition halls and cyber-tours of the National Museum.

The Philippines

Office of the President: Republic of the Philippines
Information about the Cabinet, general information on the country, and collections of documents including speeches and treaty agreements.

Religion in Asia

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network
An attractive and informative site from the University of Western Sydney.

Confucian Documents
Texts of Confucianism

Hindu Scriptures Reference Center
Part of the Global Hindu Electronic Network, the entire Devanagari and transliterated text of the Ramayana and Mahabharata can be accessed.

Shinto Documents
Texts of the Japanese religion.

The Sikhism Home Page
This is a well-organized site, accompanied by illustrations and photographs.


The Asian Civilizations Museum
The mission of the museum is to present the ancestral cultures of the people of Singapore with four permanent collections: the Southeast Asia collection, the South Asia collection, the East Asian collection, and the West Asian/Islamic collection.

South Asia

Project South Asia
A digital library of teaching resources about South Asia for colleges and universities.

Teaching South Asia
The new journal is freely accessible through the Internet and devoted exclusively to promoting the study and teaching of South Asia at the post-secondary level.

A multimedia look at the Indus Valley and the Raj in India and Pakistan.

South Asia
An extensive collection of images hosted by the Library at the University of Pennsylvania.

Films Division
Indian Films online.


The Land of Smiles
Published by the official Tourism Authority of Thailand, this is a brief overview of the five major periods of the history of Thailand.

Trobriand Islands

Trobriand Islands in Depth
Includes Trobriand academic texts, narratives, analyses and photography.


The Vietnam Pictures Archive
A multimedia site containing art, poetry and other interesting aspects of life in Vietnam.

The Wars for Vietnam
Documents about the wars in Vietnam gathered by Prof. Robert Brigham.

Viet Nam News
Online version of the national English language daily newspaper from Vietnam.

VNN INternet
Vietnamese Films on line.