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Asian Studies: East Asia


This guide is organized by region, with countries divided into subpages. Choose from the dropdown tab or click the links below:


East Asia - The Asia Society

The Asia Society fosters insight, encourages engagement, elevates regional voices, informs and educates new audiences, addresses complex – and where necessary – contentious challenges, engages in creative problem-solving, and helps deliver real solutions for the benefit of all. 

Encyclopedia Britannica - East Asia

Information on the land, people, economy, administration and social conditions, cultural life, and history. 

World Regional Geography - East and Southeast Asia

This ebook offers information about geographic features, patterns of economic development, and East and Southeast Asia interactions within the global economic system

Secondary Sources

Use these databases to find articles and/or essays in scholarly journals and books.


Open Access

This online newspaper directory offers a directory to thousands of newspapers from around the globe. Organized by country & region, users can easily find media through direct links for each region in Asia.

Books - East Asia General

The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature
Arming East Asia
East Asia Before the West
A History of East Asia
East Asia
The 'Global' and the 'Local' in Early Modern and Modern East Asia
Mr. X and the Pacific
The Cold War in East Asia

eBooks - East Asia General

Pride, Not Prejudice
Pacific Currents
Civil Society and the State in Democratic East Asia
Buddhist Statecraft in East Asia

Primary Sources

These databases and websites provide access to digital archival materials such as manuscripts, letters, photographs, moving image and sound materials, artwork, books, diaries, and other artifacts. You can also visit our main page for Asia for additional databases and resources covering broader regions.

UofL Databases

Open Access

e-Asia Digital Library

The e-Asia project (2000–2011) was funded by the University of Oregon Libraries through the generosity of Nissho Iwai under the leadership of Robert Felsing, East Asian Bibliographer. By building a collection of digitized e-books and a database of full text web resources, e-Asia strove to contribute to the research and scholarship of East Asia. 

East Asia Image Collection

The East Asia Image Collection (EAIC) is an open-access archive of digitized photographs, negatives, postcards, rare books and slides under the general editorship of Paul D. Barclay, Professor of History at Lafayette College, in partnership with staff at Digital Scholarship Services and Special Collections & College Archives.

Images of Colonialism - Harvard Library

This visual record of early European contacts with Africa and Asia is a primary visual resource for historical and socio-cultural studies.