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East Asia Studies

East Asian Studies is a distinct multidisciplinary field of scholarly enquiry and education that promotes a broad humanistic understanding of East Asia past and present. The field includes the study of the region's culture, written language, history, and political institutions.

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Interim Director, Tateuchi East Asia Library / Korea Studies Librarian

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Hyokyoung Yi
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3527

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East Asia is a sub-region of Asia. That can be defined in either geographical or cultural terms. Geographically and geo-politically, it covers about 12,000,000 km2(4,600,000 sq mi), or about 28 percent of the Asian continent, about 15 percent bigger than the area of Europe. The UN sub-region of East Asia and other common definitions of East Asia contain the entirely of the People’s Republic of China, Republic of China (commonly known as Taiwan,) Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and Mongolia.


The Tateuchi East Asia Library collections are primarily composed of materials in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan covering all areas of the humanities and social sciences. As of June 2021, the Tateuchi East Asia Library holds approximately 850,468 items. The holdings of monograph and bound journal collections in different languages and formats are as follows:

  • Chinese: 327,259
  • Japanese: 171,596
  • Korean: 147,019
  • Tibetan: 9,124
  • Serials: 11,774
  • eBooks: 125,370


TEAL Auxiliary Stacks (Kane Hall)

The collections in Tateuchi EAL's Auxiliary Stacks (in Kane) will be relocated to an offsite storage facility. Access to and loans of these collections were temporarily frozen starting December 5, 2022 until the collections are safely moved and settled in their new locations, a process that may take up to three (3) months due to various factors beyond our control. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. The alternative is to request what you need from the Libraries' Interlibrary Loan Service.  For details regarding this moving project, please refer to the Libraries Offsite Shelving + iSchool Retrofit. Any questions, please contact your subject librarians.  Thank you very much for your understanding and patience!