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

2009 Asia Exhibits

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

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Handumanan: Memories of the Visayas

October 18, 2009 - November 15, 2009

Handumanan: Memories of the Visayas is an exhibit to commemorate the Visayan Centennial in Hawai'i.

Costumes, illustrations and books from the library and private collections are on display. Sponsored by the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Library - Philippine Collection and the Congress of Visayan Organizations.

Okinawa Karate Resources from the Hawaii Karate Museum Collection

July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009

The Asia Collection Department display showcases books and journals from the Hawaii Karate Museum collection donated to Hamilton Library on Wednesday, July 30, 2008.

The majority of the books are currently being processed so they can be added to the Asia/East general collections. Over 260 rare books and journals have been placed in the Asia Special Collections, some of which are exhibited at the two display cases at the Bridge Gallery, "From Okinawa to Hawaii," and here in the center display case. Much appreciation goes to the dedicated Japan Collection team: Hisashi Gakiya and Ikumi Flynn. To look for titles, use the Online Voyager Catalog.

Ganga (the Ganges River): From Mountain Glacier to Ocean Delta

March 17, 2009 - June 30, 2009

Ganga (the Ganges River): From Mountain Glacier to Ocean Delta displays books, primarily from Hamilton Library's Asia Collection, about one of the world's largest rivers - the source of water for an estimated 400 million people across India and Bangladesh.

The exhibit marks the University of Hawai'i at Manoa's Center for South Asian Studies' forthcoming 26th Annual Spring Symposium: "Anticipation~Memory~Place: Sustainability, Environmentalism, and Eco-Criticism in South Asian Contexts" April 7-9, 2009 and World Water Day, March 22nd, a United Nations-designated international celebration.

Illustrated books depict the many uses of this vast river: drinking water; agriculture; religious practices; industrial use; waste disposal; river burial; laundry washing; fishing; bathing; recreation; energy; and transportation. Other sources on display relate to environmental aspects, e.g. global warming/glacier melting; pollution; water sharing; etc. and early historical accounts of the Ganga. The exhibit was designed by Asia Collection technician Linda Laurence with assistance from Asia Collection student staff: Alicia Yanagihara, Shakeel Makarani, and Kim Kono.

Chinese Paper Cut

January 1, 2009 - February 29, 2009

Chinese paper cutting, known as Jianzhi, is one of the most popular folk arts in China. The paper was invented by a Chinese Court Official Cai Lun during the Han Dynasty in 105 A.D. The invention of paper led to the use of paper as a new media to create intricate images and patterns in China. The Chinese paper cuts appeared as early as during the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-589 A.D.) and later became a serious art form during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).

Originally, people used paper cuts as sacrificial offerings to deities, ancestors, and deceased relatives. Later, people started to use them as decorative ornaments in their houses for doors, windows, walls, ceiling and lamps. Today, the subjects of paper cuts expanded to include, animals, Chinese opera figures, flora and fauna, gods and deities, landscapes, folklores and so on.

The styles of paper cuts can be distinguished by geographic variations. Paper cuts made in Northern China tend to be bolder and less sophisticated, while those made in the South are more likely to have fine details. The prominent paper cutting centers in Northern China are Hebei, Shanxi, and Shaanxi provinces, whereas in the South are Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces. This exhibit displays China collection's paper cuts, mostly collected in the 1960s and 1970s, from different regions of China.

Chinese Paper Cut

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