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

Asia Collection Exhibits

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

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Dragon Boat Festival and Related Customs in Asia

May 2017
4th floor of Hamilton Library

The Asia Collection librarians have prepared an exhibit titled "Dragon Boat Festival and Related Customs in Asia" in the Asia Department's Reading Room area.

A big thank you to Debbie Dunn (Preservation) for her help in properly displaying the items and to Andrea Nakamura (Hawaii & Pacific Collection) for her help in designing an eye-catching, gorgeous poster for the exhibit.

This year's Hawaii Dragon Boat Festival in Honolulu is scheduled for Saturday, July 29, 2017. For more information, please visit the organizer's website:

Dragon Boat and Related Customs

The Spider and the Fly: the evils of capitalism — the role of political pamphlets/posters in China and the Soviet Union during the 1920s to 1930s

May 2017
4th floor of Hamilton Library

 Please come and learn about the newly acquired Chinese-language pamphlet of the socialist parable attributed to Wilhelm Liebknecht, evidently published in the Soviet Union for the purpose of agitation in China. There is a striking cover illustration by Soviet artist D. Moor. Liebknecht’s tale, in which capitalists are compared to evil spiders and the workers to hapless flies, was an extremely popular text within the Russian revolutionary movement. The booklet was probably printed during one of two waves of Soviet agitation in China, either around 1927, preceding the Nanking Incident, or in the mid-1930s. 

Dongyun Ni, Chinese Specialist Librarian, and Pat Polansky, Russian Bibliographer, organized the exhibit with the help of Mark-Roel Pascua and Joey Brenner (moving cases), Sherman Seiki (Archives), Andrea Nakamura (brilliant signs), and Deborah Dunn (Preservation)

Soviet and Chinese political posters

New Year Celebrations in Asia

January 2017 - March 2017
4th floor of Hamilton Library

No matter where you are or where you are from, New Years is the time to light up new hope and mark a new beginning. As the largest continent in the world with a long history, rich culture, and diverse customs, people in Asia welcome the New Year in their own way on many different days. This book exhibit showcases some unique customs and exciting festivals around New Years in Asia. Hope you enjoy it and learn something new about Asia.

Items that circulate in this display may be checked out. Please ask at the Asia Reference Desk during service hours: M-F, 10am-4pm.

Asia New Years books

Many Facets of the Tale of Genji

January 13, 2017 - March 31, 2017
4th floor of Hamilton Library

Written in the tenth century by a court lady known as Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji, is a lengthy romantic novel that has attracted readers and scholars alike. Although Shikibu’s original texts were lost, over 100 hand-written manuscripts have been identified. The Tale of Genji has been translated from classical to modern Japanese language and into foreign languages, and it has inspired commentaries, criticisms, illustrations, woodblock prints, scrolls, manga, animation, films and games for over a thousand years. In conjunction with a public lecture "The Plot of The Tale of Genji and the Emperor System," by Dr. Yuichiro Imanishi of the National Institute of Japanese Literature on February 16, 2017, the exhibit shares many facets of this extraordinary tale.

Genji image

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