Celebrating 30 Years of East Asian Studies Collections at Duke

November 19, 2021 - 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
pictures from the East Asian Studies collections of the Duke libraries
Images from the Duke University Libraries' East Asian Studies collection

Join APSI and the Duke Libraries on Friday afternoon, November 19, for a special event celebrating the creation of the East Asian Collection at Duke University Libraries.

Although informal collecting had always occurred, the Libraries began a distinct focus on East Asian collecting in 1990 with the hiring of the first Japanese Studies Librarian, Kristina Troost, followed by a Chinese Studies Librarian in 1996, and a Korean Studies Librarian in 2007.

The collection has grown from 20,000 volumes to over 200,000, and the Libraries now have the largest Japanese collection south of Washington, D.C.

The exhibit will be featured in the Michael and Karen Stone Family Gallery of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library through April 2022.

Event Schedule
2:30 p.m. - first guided tour of the special exhibit (meet in the lobby of the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
3:00 p.m. - second guided tour of the special exhibit (meet in the lobby of the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
Guided tours will be led by Luo Zhou, Chinese Studies Librarian, and Matthew Hayes, Japanese Studies and Asian American Studies Librarian

3:30 p.m. - Remarks by East Asian Studies faculty and Duke Libraries senior leaders (Carpenter Room - Rubenstein 249)
speakers include Prof. Margaret McKean (Political Science, emerita), Kristina Troost (Head, East Asian Collections, retired), Richard Jaffe (Religious Studies), Deborah Jakubs (Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian & Vice Provost for Library Affairs), and David Hansen (Associate University Librarian for Research, Collections & Scholarly Communication)

4:00 p.m. - Outdoor reception at the Perkins Pavilion (on the plaza between Perkins and Bostock libraries)

Please sign up for any/all of these sessions by Thursday, November 18.

Tickets are free, but we ask attendees to kindly register for each portion they plan to attend. Multiple tickets may be selected at once.

Please note: Duke Libraries' policy requires all individuals to wear masks while inside the Duke Libraries, regardless of vaccination status.

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  • Asian/Pacific Studies Institute