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Asia Collection

Book and DVD Exhibit on Chinese Culture

11/10/2010 - 12/31/2010

This exhibit displays DVDs, books, and movies on Chinese culture, including Chinese history, landscape, religion, philosophy, literature, cuisine, architecture, politics, life, and people, etc. Items on display include: China Images (Life, People, and Politics), Chinese Tea Culture, Chinese Wine Culture, Ancient Chinese Architecture, Taoist Culture and Arts, Famous Historical and Cultural Towns, New Silk Road, China Archaeology, Tibet, Chinese Cultural Tour, Museum Treasures, In the Realm of the Gods, The Medical Classic of the Yellow Emperor, Tombs of Ming Emperors and Empresses, etc. Most of the items on display will be donated to the university of Hawaii library after the exhibit.

The exhibit was organized by the Confucius Institute and China collection of Hamilton Library.


Korean Cinema Wave

09/06/10 - 11/07/10

Hallyu, ( 한류 ,  韓流 ), the Korean wave, refers to a cultural, social phenomenon that significantly increased the popularity of (South) Korean culture not only in Asia but now around the world. It was originally driven by Korean TV dramas, and later expanded to Korean music and films.

The Korea Collection has been collecting Korean media resources, such as Korean TV dramas, documentary films, commercial films and Korean media-related materials as well since Hawaii is the one of the places where the Korean wave is rising.

Just in time to catch the wave, The Korea Collection was selected as a Korean Film Council (KOFIC)'s 'hub-library' in 2007.

KOFIC's hub-library program is one of their support programs for Korean Film Studies, especially designed for libraries or research centers of a university or college overseas.

Since then, the Korea Collection has been receiving a good many Korean film-related materials published in domestic or foreign countries as well as Korean film DVDs, provided by KOFIC, in order to support Korean Film Studies scholars and students at the University of Hawaii. It also hopes that this support program will help broaden the base of ordinary audiences overseas for Korean films.

The exhibit includes movie posters for several remarkable Korean films from Cannes Film Festival or the Hawaii International Film Festival. In addition, there is a display highlighting some of the top directors in Korean film history, dvd jackets giving a small sample of the selection that the library holds, and other resources useful as a pathfinder into the world of the Korean cinema.

Please enjoy surfing on the Korean Wave!


Bridging Cultures with Translation:  The Mahābhārata in Akbar's India & on Modern Stage


06/25/10 - 8/31/10

The Mahābhārata is one of India's two large Sanskrit epics. Its central story is about a war of succession between feuding cousins in Kurukshetra, north India. Two translations based on this text are featured in this exhibit. The first is a 16th c. Persian translation ordered by the Mughal emperor Akbar. The second is an English translation, recently published by UH Press, of Dharamvir Bharati's 1953 Hindi play Andha Yug: the Age of Darkness, set on the last day of the battle.

Five enlarged reproductions of miniature illustrations from a rare single manuscript of the 16th c. Persian Razmnāma are exhibited courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia, through UHM English professor Frank Stewart, editor of the journal Mānoa in which Andha Yug has been published. Also on display, in exhibit cases, are library books about: the Mahābhārata; translation in 16th c. emperor Akbar's court; illustration of books in Mughal India; performance on modern stage; and ethical issues inherent in the central epic story.


Asia Collection technician Linda Laurence and student assistants Alicia Yanagihara and Kimberly Kono created the exhibit.

The Many Times of Delhi

04/12/10 - 5/31/10

This installation contains digital photographs taken during field research from August 2008 to May 2009 in and around India's capital city of New Delhi. The images in this exhibit are "time images" (Deleuze 1989) that are designed to provoke reflection upon the urban transformation in a postcolonial city that is vying to become a "global city" in the twenty-first century. This exhibit constitutes a visual aspect of my larger dissertation project, entitled, "Neo Delhi: Urban Re-formations in an Era of Globalization," which looks at discourses and practices of "urban renewal" in contemporary New Delhi.

I wish to thank Monica Ghosh and Teri Skillman-Kashyap at Hamilton Library, UH Manoa for providing an opportunity to visualize and share my research through this installation. I would also like to give special thanks to Lorenzo Rinelli for editing this collection of photographs and Rujunko Pugh for helping me conceptualize this exhibit.

Rohan Kalyan, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


Images from Lorenzo Rinelli

Jingju Collection

01/27/10 - 02/28/10

Jingju *京剧* (Beijing opera) is the most notable of all Chinese operas in China since mid-19^th century in the latter part of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).  The traditional repertoire of Jingju includes more than 1,000 works adopted from Chinese literature and classical novels, fairy tales, and important historical events. The acting is based on allusion: gestures, footwork, and other body movements expressing such actions as riding a horse, rowing a boat, or opening a door. Character roles are strictly defined by elaborate facial make-up designs that depict different characters. There are four main types of roles in Jingju: sheng *生* (male), dan *旦* (young female), jing *净* (painted face, male), and chou *丑* (clown, male or female).  These characters may be beautiful or ugly, good or evil, loyal or treacherous, and their images are vividly manifested by the elaborate facial make-ups.

Since Mei Lanfang *梅兰芳* (1894-1961), the grand master of Jingju, visited Japan in 1919 and the United States in 1929, Jingju has become more and more popular with people all over the world. Today, Jingju continues to have a place in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong because it tells stories common to all Chinese, including the legend of White Snake, the legend of the Monkey King, and tales from /The Water Margin,/ and /Romance of the Three Kingdoms/.  These timeless tales still resonate today, ensuring that the jingju will continue to have its place in modern life.


Science and Technology

Y of Sex

01/01/10 - 02/28/10

Did you know? Until the 1900s scientists could not answer the age-old question: Why was a person born male or female?

For time immemorial, myths, rumors, religions, and old wives tales had tried to answer the question. It was commonly believed that females determined (somehow) the sex of their children, and as a consequence, they were blamed, divorced and even executed for failing to produce male offspring (King Henry VIII is rumored to have had Anne Boleyn beheaded for not producing a male heir).

In 1905, Nettie Maria Stevens, an American scientist, was the first to discover that sex was determined by our chromosomes, namely, the Y chromosome that is only present in the genetic makeup of males. However, today's textbooks fail to mention Stevens and her discovery and assign credit to one of her male colleagues.

Visit SciTech's Y of Sex display and learn:

Y of Sex

Government Documents

Hawaiian/Pacific Collections

Promises in a Rainbow

06/01/10 - 06/30/10

Featured in this month's exhibit is a selection of Old Testament Bibles in Hawaiian and Pacific languages. On the display board behind the Bibles are different translations of the following Biblical passage:

I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth. (Genesis 9.13-17)

For those not familiar with this particular passage, in Christian Mythology, after Noah's flood the Bible relates that the rainbow gained meaning as the sign of God's promise that terrestrial life would never again be destroyed by flood.


Censusally Yours

04/01/10 - 05/22/10

This month, the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections observes U.S. Census month with an exhibit on Hawaii's censuses.

The U.S. Census Bureau first included Hawaii in its decennial census in 1900. Prior to that, censuses had been conducted in Hawaii since the time of Umialiloa. Reports of such counts date back to the missionary censuses of 1831-32 and 1835-36, and appear in in published reports in increasing detail, revealing increasingly sophisticated methodology, through the 19th century.

On exhibit are selections from theses reports, graphs depicting demographic trends in Hawaii, and a 1910 enumeration sheet listing the household members of Queen Liliuokalani's residence.

Come on up! Bring your reading glasses!


The Choy of Cookbooking

01/01/10 - 02/28/10

Sam Choy, chef, restaurateur, TV host and especially for us, he's also a best-selling cookbook author. Choy's cookbooks are always filled with delicious easy-to-prepare island recipes and beautiful mouth-watering photos. Come and see a sampling of his work. Try out one of his tasty island recipes.


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