Author Archives: Ria Koopmans-Debruijn

Staff news: Lauran Hartley at the Rubin Museum

Tibetan Studies Librarian, Dr. Lauran Hartley, moderates a discussion focusing on Tibetan women writers with Tenzin Dickie and Tsering Lama at the Rubin Museum of Art (New York City) on January 3, 2018.

The event launched a new anthology of Tibetan short fiction: Old Demons, New Deities (O/R Books, 2017), from which both writers read excerpts of their works. The editor, Tenzin Dickie, who also contributed one short story and translated others, is an alumnus of the Columbia University School of the Arts where she earned her MFA in Fiction and Literary Translation in 2014.  Tsering Lama earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia in 2013.

New York International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition

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The Second New York International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition (2017) will be hosted from October 27th 2017 to November 27th 2017 in the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University.

The exhibition is organized by a group of organizations including North American Chinese Calligraphers Association; Calligraphy Research and Innovation Center of Jiangsu Province, Nanjing University of the Arts; C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University, Dragon Summit Foundation, Asian Culture Center, New York Young Entrepreneurs Roundtable, and Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics.

The event will be co-sponsored by New York Chinese Opera Society, I-wing press, UADC NY, Confucius Classroom of Denver, Columbia Confucius Institute, and is supported by Chinese University Alumni Alliance.

The exhibition reception will be held 4:00-7:00 pm, on Friday, October 27, 2017. Registration required for participation in the reception.

Please note that, to accommodate this event, the library reading room will be closed after 3:30 on Friday, October 27, 2017. Public printing and scanning will remain accessible, and stacks will remain open according to the usual Friday schedule.

Introduction to East Asian Library Resources

We are offering special sessions to acquaint you with resources and services in all our Asian languages. Come and find out about all the wonderful resources we have available, learn the basics of identifying and using them, and get up to speed for your next research project or paper.  No sign-up necessary.  All sessions will be approximately 90 minutes, and take place in our Kress Seminar Room (access via level 200 of the stacks).


Tuesday, September 26                  2:00-3:30 PM           Chinese Studies Resources

with Chengzhi Wang


Wednesday, September 27             2:00-3:30 PM           Japanese Studies Resources

with Sachie Noguchi


Thursday, September 28                2:00-3:30 PM           Korean Studies Resources

with Hee-sook Shin


Friday, September 29                     9:30-11:00 AM       Tibetan Studies Resources

with Lauran Hartley



Fall 2017 Library Orientation

For two weeks we will be offering daily orientation sessions, including a tour of the library. Do join us and find out who we are and what services we offer. No sign-up necessary.

Monday, August 28                         3:00-4:00 PM

Tuesday, August 29                         3:00-4:00 PM

Wednesday, August 30                   3:00-4:00 PM

Thursday, August 31                       3:00-4:00 PM

Friday, September 1                        3:00-4:00 PM

Tuesday, September 5                    3:00-4:00 PM

Wednesday, September 6              3:00-4:00 PM

Thursday, September 7                  3:00-4:00 PM

Friday, September 8                        3:00-4:00 PM

All sessions will be led by Ria Koopmans-de Bruijn, Head of Public Services/East Asian Studies Librarian.

More orientation sessions focusing on resources in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan will be offered during the last week of September. More details will be announced closer to the date.

Japanese Book History Workshop

The C.V. Starr East Asian Library, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute will sponsor a special workshop on Japanese Book History.

Guest instructor,Takahiro Sasaki, Professor of Japan classic bibliography of the Institute of Oriental Classics (Shidō Bunko/斯道文庫), at Keio University, in Tokyo, Japan. In this workshop it is his intention to talk about the history of Japanese books and focus on a meaningful interrelation between bindings and its stored contents, including pictorial illustrations and diagrams. From a historical perspective, the early Japanese books have been strongly influenced by China; nevertheless, the origin of early Japanese books has its own unique and independent development that is separate from China and the Korean Peninsula. In China and the Korean Peninsula, the printed publications became the core of books at an early stage of their history, and the formats suitable for print publications have been employed for books. On the other hand, in Japan, because publications were slow to spread as the manuscripts were central and had prevailed for a long time, the early Japanese books developed their originality. In Japan, the different formats for making books, or book-binding techniques, were used concurrently during the same era. The different book-bindings were believed to have been used depending on the purpose of the book and the contents of the book, which were meant to be stored. Therefore, he discusses, in Japan, by paying attention to the binding of the book, one can understand its contents. (Presentation in Japanese with English translation)

Prof. Haruo Shirane, Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature, Chair of Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University gives introduction of the guest instructor, Prof.  Takahiro Sasaki.  Prof. Sasaki is an author and editor of number of books and articles, including, Nihon Koten Shoshigakuron (2016), Shuppan bunkashi no sekai (2015), Keio Gijuku no ōchō monogatari (2014), Nihon no sho to kami (2012), and Karon kagaku shūsei (1999). He also serves as the editor-in-chief of journal Waka Bungakkai.. Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, and C.V. Starr East Asian Library.

Event Date and Time: Friday, April 21, 2017, 2:00-6:00 PM

Event Location:  403 Kent Hall, Columbia University

Event Contact Information:  Sachie Noguchi

Tharchin Babu talk, reception, and exhibition

Professor Tsering Shakya (University of British Columbia) will be speaking on Tuesday, February 28, at 4:15pm in the EALAC Lounge (Kent Hall, 4th floor).  His talk is entitled “Tharchin Babu: A Mirror of the World from the Frontier.” Professor Gray Tuttle (EALAC) will serve as respondent, and facilitate discussion.
The talk will be followed by a reception (5:45-6:30pm) to mark the opening of “Transcultural Tibet: Archival Sources at Columbia University,” an exhibition of archival and other rare materials held by the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, including items from the Tharchin Collection. The exhibit will be on display in the Starr Reading Room until June 1, 2017.

TBRC Library & Search-Engine Workshop



MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2-3:30pm
Jeff Wallman from Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC) will conduct a 90 minute workshop on the use of the TBRC Library website and search engine.  Jeff will introduce the TBRC Library, including the cataloging and digitization program, foundational concepts and data model of the library and a detailed tour of how to use the search engine. The second part of the workshop (60 min.) will include use cases based on student queries and research ideas.  Please prepare questions in advance, if possible.

Jeff is Executive Director of TBRC.  He worked closely with Gene Smith from 2001 until Smith’s passing in 2010. He is the principal architect of the TBRC Library. His background is in Philosophy and Mechanical Engineering. He has been TBRC’s executive director since 2009.

For more information, please contact:  Lauran Hartley, Tibetan Studies Librarian,

Kuo Ping Wen: Scholar, Reformer, Statesman


Our library, in partnership with  Teachers College, the Columbia Confucius Institute, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and the Office of Global Centers, will host a book panel and author signing event for Kuo Ping Wen: Scholar, Reformer, Statesman (Long River Press, 2015).

This event will take place on October 4, 2016 in our main reading room (300 Kent Hall) between 4:00-7:30 PM.

Registration is required for participation in this event.

Upcoming Introductions to Resources

Orientation sessions to introduce resources in all East Asian languages are scheduled for this week as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2:00-3:30 PM — Japanese Studies Resources, with Sachie Noguchi
  • Wednesday, September 28, 10:00-11:30 AM — Chinese Studies Resources, with Chengzhi Wang
  • Thursday, September 29, 2:00-3:30 PM — Korean Studies Resources, with Hee-sook Shin
  • Friday, September 30, 1:00-2:30 PM — Tibetan Studies Resources, with Lauran Hartley

No advance sign-up necessary. All sessions will be approximately 90 minutes, and take place in our Kress Seminar Room (access via stack level 200).

Cultural Revolution, Propaganda Art, and Historical Memories

The C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University, in partnership with the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute will host “Cultural Revolution: Propaganda Art and Historical Memories” exhibition from September to November, 2016. The exhibition will be inaugurated with a film screening, a lecture and a reception on Thursday, September 22, 2016, 4:00-8:00 PM.

Please use the Registration form to register for the film screening, lecture and reception.

cultural-revolution-posterThe two-month exhibition will showcase the Cultural Revolution collections of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, particularly posters, pamphlets, booklets, documents, and Mao badges and busts.

The film screening will present “China – The Red Sons: Inside China during the Cultural Revolution in 1968”, a rare documentary film on Chinese people taking part in Cultural Revolution shot by Australian filmmaker Roger Whittaker during a trip to China in 1968 organized by the Australian Union of University Students.

The lecture will be delivered by Prof. Guobin Yang, University of Pennsylvania.