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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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East Asian & Chinese Studies Librarian

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Zhijia Shen
322B Gowen Hall

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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 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 2013, the East Asia Library holds approximately 660,086 items. The holdings of monograph and bound journal collections in different languages are as follows:

  • Chinese: 294,150
  • Japanese: 157,329
  • Korean: 110,972
  • Western: 29,343
  • Tibetan: 9,124
  • Serials: 1,919


UW faculty and students are welcome to make an appointment to visit and browse the East Asia Library Kane Auxiliary Stacks. Browsing access is to aid research as needed.

  • Make an appointment in person or call the Information Desk (206-543-4490) ahead of your visit
  • Staff will assist you to locate the books and journals you need in EAL Kane Auxiliary Stacks
  • Once you have identified the material that you want, we will check it out to you.