The collection covers publications about Japanese history and literature with numerous exquisite editions of books from the Meiji Period. The time range of topics discussed in the books dating back to early Japan till World War II.
Our Asian Studies materials exemplify Imperial Japan's ambitions to expand its territories as the majority of the collections are about the languages, histories, geography, industries and resources of the Asia and Pacific region. Our Asian Collections can be roughly divided into two parts, East and Southeast Asia.
Our East Asian Collection focuses on materials that are geographically related to modernday Korea, Mongolia, Tibet, northern and central China. The highlights of the collection are publications of Manchukuo, a puppet state of the Empire of Japan.
Our Southeast Asian Collection focuses on materials that are geographically related to modern-day Southern China, Southeast Asia, the Pacific islands, and Oceania. The highlights of the collection are books that once belonged to a German linguist Otto Scheerer, founder of the Institute of Linguistics, University of the Philippines. The Scheerer Collection is primarily concerned with Filipino dialects, history, geography and ethnology.
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