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Showing posts with label Asian Collections. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Asian Collections. Show all posts

21 September 2017

#PhDshelfie: What books and libraries mean to me

Inspired by the #PhDshelfie movement, we asked a few Monash PhD students to share their 'shelfies' and reflect on the books that have become most meaningful to them during their candidature. The first piece in our #PhDshelfie series is written by Basil Cahusac de Caux, a doctoral candidate researching language reform in post-war Japan. 


The books I borrow from the library are like family. I pick them up and take them home with me, create a space for them next to my desk at university, and regularly take them out for lunch. I would find it difficult to live without them… though their very existence sometimes causes me to doubt myself as a capable individual. My family’s real home – for the time being at least – is in the library, of which my favourite part is the collection of Japanese language books and journals housed in the recently renovated Matheson Library (Clayton Campus), which serves as a sanctuary of intellectual wealth and comedy. There I pick up books on Japanese language policy, written by the very individuals whose testimonies and actions I study as part of my doctoral thesis on language reform in Japan.

There’s the book on the Romanization of Japanese by Kayashima Atsushi, which forces me to dig deeper in my analysis to produce more meaningful research findings. There’s the book on language policy in China, which helps me reflect on the potential impact of language policy and education. And of course, there are the National Language Council Reports, which form the bedrock of my thesis’ conceptual landscape. I find in these accounts of language and society, glimpses of the ideal language speaker, language as an efficient conveyor of ideas and vehicle of culture, mixed in with disgruntled criticisms of the past and its feudal characteristics – usually dominated by malicious power relations and hierarchies.


When I’m lost I often turn to Galan’s chapter on the changes and continuities that occur in the Japanese education system after 1945 in Japan’s Postwar (Routledge, 2011), perhaps due to my inability to fathom the totality of the postwar experience (in Japan or any other country). This chapter offers a window into the political makings of society in the aftermath of defeat. It teaches me the importance of upholding compromise and tolerance as principles, both in theory and practice; a unilateral approach to a problem unfortunately often results in the weakening of the standing of others. The chapter serves as a constant reminder of the need for balance and compromise – two attributes that are often missing in my writing.

When I read, I read through the eyes of my mind. I take the time to enjoy the spaces I occupy so that I can best internalise the books I discover. The ideal space in which to do this is the library, which embraces people from all walks of life. It is where our ideas and emotions are challenged, where introspection and interaction are encouraged. It takes us in and (if we’re lucky) learns from our mistakes. If knowledge had legs with which to walk, then the library would be an open park, green, silent, and welcoming, waiting for new faces and fashions to grace its grounds. Some people leave, while others remain, to age with grace. (If libraries were parks and knowledge the human race, what would that make us?)

Basil Cahusac de Caux is a doctoral candidate at the School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies (SoPHIS), Monash University. He has conducted comparative research on the intellectual history of early and mid-20th-century linguists in the United Kingdom and Japan and is now focussed on the cultures and politics of language reform in postwar Japanese society. In his spare time, Basil runs the Kontemporary Japan Reading Group, a cross-institutional initiative promoting the discussion of Japan-related social issues and academic works.


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7 September 2017

Resources for Korean Studies

Did you know that the largest university collection of Korean resources in the southern hemisphere is right here at Monash? Jung-Sim Kim, the Korean Studies librarian, tells us how to make use of this collection. 


The Korean resources at Monash consist of about 27,000 print items, over a thousand Korean multimedia items such as DVDs and more than a hundred sound recordings, as well as access to 15 Korean databases. Some of the electronic material in this collection has been partially funded by a grant from the Korea Foundation. 

Some of the Korean databases that you can access are:
  • KISS by the Korean Studies Information 한국학술정
  • DBpia by the Nurimedia 누리미디
  • RISS International by the Korea Education & Research Information Service 한국교육학술정보
  • Full-text databases by the National Library of Korea 국립중앙도서관
Korean databases are mainly in Korean interface, but some databases have interfaces in English or other languages.

Researchers or students who cannot read Korean can use various multi-discipline databases from the Databases and electronic resources guide to find articles related to Korea in other languages. For example, researchers can use the Web of Science platform to access the KCI-Korean Journal Database.

Researchers are also able to consult the Korean Studies Librarian, Jung-Sim Kim, who supports academics and students whose research areas are related to Korea.

HOW TO ACCESS THE KOREAN COLLECTION

  • Your first point of call is Library Search which will provide you with electronic and print resources relevant to the area you are researching.
  • You can also browse most of the Korean language print resources in the Asian Collections on Level 1 of the Sir Louis Matheson Library. 
  • If you wish to access electronic material you can visit the Korean databases  page at the Korean Studies Library Guide

NEED MORE HELP?

If you are unable to find a particular resource, use Document Delivery if you are eligible or ask the Korean Studies Librarian for help.

If you have any queries on Korean resources at Monash please contact the Korean Studies Librarian.



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3 November 2016

Special Collections Reading Room opens

The old Rare Books Reading Room at the Sir Louis Matheson Library is now closed for building works. From 7 November, researchers and visitors will be able to view rare and valuable items in the new Special Collections Reading Room.

Located on the ground floor, the new room is designed for the exclusive purpose of viewing restricted special use items.It will be open from
9am to 5pm on weekdays.

To arrange to see a rare or fragile item from our Rare Books, Asian or Music and Multimedia Collections, please contact staff to request the item/s in advance. Pre-requested items will be retrieved twice a day, at 10am and 1pm. 


More information about our special collections including how to contact staff is available:



Staff will also be on hand at the Reading Room service point after 7 November.

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