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Asia Collection

Hangŭl , Korean Alphabet


Hangŭl is the writing system that King Sejong the Great created in 1444 (the 12th lunar month of 1443) and is still used by Koreans today. People around the world have taken great pains to create writing systems in order to express their language, but never before had a new writing system been so purposefully created and adopted for official use by a nation.

In 1997, UNESCO acknowledged the unique value of Hangŭl by including the Hunminjŏngŭm (lit. The Correct/Proper Sounds for the Instruction of the People) manuscript in its 'Memory of the World' Register. The fact that Korea has one of the highest literacy rates in the world is due to Hangŭl’s scientific structure, which makes it easy for anyone to learn. In particular, this remarkable ease of understanding has enabled Hangŭl to serve as a driving force behind the development of Korean culture, which has become even more evident in today’s digital age.

The exhibit includes Copies of King Sejong the Great's preface in Hunminjŏngŭm, a sample of reprints of books printed in Hangŭl during the 15th~16th centuries. In addition, there is a display of resources for studying Korean language, including old Korean language text books and other Korean language reference resources. There are magnetic Korean alphabets on the whiteboard on the side that you can use to experience how the Korean alphabet system works.


Philippine Komiks: Creating and Reflecting Filipino Sensibilities

07/05/11 - 09/30/11

An exhibit by the UHM Office of Multicultural Student Services, Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawaii and Hamilton Library-Asia Collection.

What is it 'to be Filipino'? One point for understanding these questions is to examine how Filipinos express themselves -- to themselves. This exhibit explores the formal constructs of komiks and how they communicate through their structural features. From the earliest known komiks created by Philippine national hero, Jose P. Rizal, to contemporary variations of the superwoman Darna, Filipino notions of time, place, personhood and hierarchy are created and reflected. By examining komiks within the Philippine context, as an activity of objectified reflection, this project will attempt to present a more generalized approach to understanding the comics phenomena that continually captives our society.

The exhibit is funded, in part, by the Hawaii Council for the Humanities.


Destination Asia! Guidebooks For Travel

02/24/11 - 03/31/11

Whether you are planning to study abroad in Asia or to visit as a tourist, the Asia Collection has numerous country and city guidebooks that might be useful for planning a trip.

In addition to guidebooks, this exhibit features books on famous Asian hotels, health resorts, trekking, hiking, etc. Our area librarians can assist you with finding additional resources for traveling to China, Japan, Korea, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Philippines. Bon Voyage!


This exhibit was created by Asia Collection technician Linda Laurence, with assistance from Southeast Asia Librarian Rohayati Paseng and Student Assistant Justin Tao.

Science and Technology

Government Documents

Government Printing Office and Foreign Relations of the United States 150th Anniversaries

The Government Documents & Maps Department has mounted an exhibit to celebrate the 150th anniversaries of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and the State Department's Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series. We have dozens of documents and maps on display to illustrate the histories of GPO and FRUS. The exhibit is viewable in the Government Documents & Maps reference area on the ground floor of Hamilton Library through mid-November. For more information, visit our web page.

Images of items on display for the US Government Printing Office 150th anniversary

Hawaiian/Pacific Collections

School on the Hill

The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections are currently hosting "School on the Hill," an exhibit of seventeen large-format photographic prints by Floyd Takeuchi, who recently published a book by the same name. The book and exhibit document life at Xavier High School, a Jesuit Boarding School in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia. The photos will be on exhibit in the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections reading room through the end of April. For more info and to read the artist's statement here.


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