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These exhibits are available for viewing during normal library hours.
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2007 Asia Exhibits

These exhibits are available for viewing during normal library hours. For more information on the Asia Collection, see

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Kim Chong-ho, Father of Korean Cartography and his "Complete Map of the Great East"

December 2007 - January 2008

In 1861 the enigmatic Korean cartographer Kim Chong-ho produced a map of his country that until his day and for many years afterward was the most accurate, detailed, and shall we say "user friendly" map of Korea ever produced. Both Kim and his map remain today the foci of scholarly attention and Korean national pride.

This display sought to introduce both Kim Chong-ho the figure and the great map he produced: Taedong yojido, or "Complete Map of the Great East". In a series of three display cases were presented Kim Chong-ho the man, his unique and groundbreaking map, and finally the legacy that Kim left behind. Included in the final case are Hamilton library resources, including maps, books, and even electronic resources, concerning Kim and his map.

This exhibit was the first collaboration between the Hamilton Library's Asia Collection and the Map Collection. One of the exhibit's highlights is 1:5 scale reproduction of the map which was accomplished by scanning each of the map's 22 individual elongated sheets, stitching them together digitally, and printing the resulting image out using the library's newly acquired map scanner and printer. The exhibit runs from December 1, 2007 to January 31, 2008.

exhibit on Kim Chong-ho
Kim Chong-ho's legacy

Vietnam: A Country and People in Transition

October 1 through November 26, 2007
Asia Collection, Hamilton Library
November 27 through December 31, 2007
Bridge Gallery, Hamilton Library
University of Hawaii at Manoa

A Vietnam in transition is described in the pictures of two young photographers: Pham Viet Thanh and Nguyen Viet Dung. Their photos are of people at work and at leisure and of typical street scenes in many different locales in Vietnam. These photos capture the spirit of our people and our country. Their images of children, representing the future generation of the Vietnamese, and images of beautiful landscape are filled with the breath of life and the bright colors of nature. They reflect the love of life, the optimism and the unlimited vitality of the Vietnamese people, regardless of difficulty.

Some of these pictures were displayed in Washington D.C. earlier this year, 2007, in the exhibition: Vietnam: Yesterday and Today, on the occasion of Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet's U.S. Visit. This photo exhibition is sponsored by The Vietnamese Student Association of Hawaii (VSAH) and The Hawaii International Education Program (HIEP) and hosted by the Asia Collection, Hamilton Library, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

PHAM VIET THANH discovered his love and talent for photography while working as a designer for the Viet Nam News in the late 1990s. With a major in archaeology, he underwent rigorous training in photography after discovering his passion for it. He became the first Vietnamese photo-journalist to win a major international award when he won the coveted Asia Press Photo Contest's Golden Prize in 2006 (Daily Life Category). Photographer's Statement: "People's real life and their daily activities always inspire me." -2007

NGUYEN VIET DUNG graduated from Hanoi University of Industrial Art in 2000 with honors in Sculpture. His current works are in many diverse media: modeling folk sculptures, photos, graphic design -- logos, book covers and patterns for traditional lacquer ware productions. Currently, he is working for Vietnam Central Fine Art Co. as an art manager. Photographer's Statement: "Through their pictures, photographers can be ambassadors between the different lands and many cultures." -2007

The Ammatoa: People Inside the Frontier

Photographs by Sapril Akhmacy

In the South Sulawesi Province of Indonesia there is a village called Tana Toa. At the center of the village is a gate that marks the boundry between two worlds. Tana Lohea is the outside world, and Tana Kekea is where the Ammatoa people live surrounded by dense green forest and their own distinct culture.

They always wear black as part of their religion, Patuntung. They believe God watches them from the sacred forest, giving them messages called pakpasang. The messages passed through the generations are called pasang. Together, the pakpasang and pasang give direction to the Ammatoa, define their relationship to the creator, and teach them that they live at once in the material world and in the spiritual. This exhibition shows several images of the Ammatoa People related to their daily life activies, ritual ceremonies, portraits, and their landscape environment.

man in the forest

The Night Life of Trees

The Night Life of Trees exhibition brings together work by Bhajju Shyam, Ram Singh Urveti and Durga Bai, three of the finest living artists of the Gond tribal tradition.

The exhibition consists of original artwork from the book The Night Life of Trees, which pays tribute to the beauty of the natural world and the interrelatedness of all life. The Gond tribe of Madhya Pradesh in central India are traditionally forest dwellers, and trees form the focal point of their cosmos. They believe that trees are hard at work during the day, providing shade, shelter and nourishment for all; but at night, when all the daytime visitors have left, the spirits of the trees reveal themselves.

It is these luminous spirits that are captured in The Night Life of Trees a fascinating and haunting foray into the Gond imagination, in which the aesthetic and spiritual aspects of the natural world are inseparable, and each image is an article of faith.

The tribe works in a ritual and functional art style with distinctive decorative elements, mostly painted on walls of houses, and using natural colours. Each canvas in the exhibition is accompanied by text narrated by the artists themselves describing a legend, myth or folktale associated with each individual tree.

picture of one of the trees
picture of three trees
picture of another of the trees

Brahmi Script of Ancient India

University of Hawaii in English and Sanskrit

The writing systems of Hindi (Indo-European language family), Khmer (Mon Khmer), Lao (SW Tai), and Thai (SW Tai) all share a common ancenstor: the Brahmi Script of Ancient India.

Ms. Kanjana Thepboriruk, a Ph.D student in Linguistics and a student employee in Asia Collection, created the beautiful exhibit that shows the similarities of the four writing systems.

book of carving
picture of display cases
picture of book "Origins of Brahmi Script"

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