* tmc * in patientia vestra habetis animam vestram * tmc *

Dear Reader,

(including all its subsidiary (and/or sister) pages on "coombs.anu.edu.au" server) has permanently ceased its publishing operations on Friday 21st January 2011.

All of the online resources reported here have been thoroughly checked at the time of their listing. However, it is possible that, with the with the passage of time, many of the originally reported materials might have been removed from the Internet, or changed their online address, or varied the scope and quality of their contents.

Fortunately, in several cases it is possible to access many of the older versions of the resources listed in the MONITOR. This can be easily done via the free services of the "The Internet Archive" http://web.archive.org/, a remarkable brainchild of Brewster Kahle, San Francisco, CA.

- with warm regards -

Editor, Dr T. Matthew Ciolek.

Canberra, 21 January 2011.

22 December 2010

Asia Policy Point (APP)

22 Dec 2010

Asia Policy Point (APP), Washington DC, USA.

"Asia Policy Point is an independent, U.S. nonprofit [501(c)(3)] research center that meets the practical needs of executives, scientists, engineers, educators, policymakers, and journalists. Professionals learn to integrate both Japanese information and U.S.-Japan technology and economic policies in their research and strategic planning.
Founded in 1991, Asia Policy Point (formerly Japan Information Access Project) # Organizes meetings that bring together experts and policymakers on Japanese and Western science, technology, industrial, and public policy # Researches critical and emerging issues affecting the economic and scientific relations between Japan and the West. Research areas include: semiconductors, electronics, multimedia, biomedical technologies, chemicals and materials, aerospace, telecommunications, financial services, manufacturing, environment, intellectual property, economic development, Internet, security, and trade and technology policies # Publishes the Asia Policy Calendar (APC), a Monday e-mail focused on upcoming hearings, events, news, reports, and opinion relevant to the Northeast Asian policy watcher. # Asia Policy Point is funded by its membership dues and American universities and foundations. Funding is neither received nor solicited from Japanese organizations."

Site contents:
* Who We Are;
* Newsletters [about two APP's newsletters: Asia Policy Calendar (APC) and Asia Policy Weekly (APW)];
* Commentary and Reports (Commentary, Morse Target [written 1996-2006 by Dr. Ronald Morse], Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, North Korea, Asia, Science &Technology, Other);
* Programs (# Japan Information Access Project (JIAP), # Asian Science and Technology Forum (AST), # Asia Group, # Resources for Researchers);
* Events [under construction in Dec 2010];
* Resources for Researchers [under construction in Dec 2010];
* Join;
* Members only [under construction in Dec 2010];
* APP News [News of APP staff and members];
* Hot Topics (incl.: # Comfort Women, # Air Force Programs, # Japan's Conservative Nationalists Project);
* Featured Releases (New web postings of APP documents, incl.: # International S&T Cooperation As A Critical Instrument of U.S. Foreign Policy # Statement for the Record to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for a Hearing on Violence Against Women: Global Costs And Consequences);
* APP Blog [http://newasiapolicypoint.blogspot.com/ The site includes a number of web links: # Asian Points (From: Asia Pacific Voices, Asia Times, Asia Unbound (CFR), Asia-Pacific Journal (Japan Focus), Asian Correspondent, Asian Security, Association of Japanese Business Studies, BarentsObserver, BBC Asia, To:, Taiwan Matters, Taiwan Security Research, Tokyo Digital Journalism, Tokyo Notes, The China Beat, The View from Taiwan, Twisting Flowers, What Japan Thinks, Yebisu Post), # Washington Points (From: Aid Effectiveness, American Society of International Law, Arms Control Wonk, Brookings CNAPS, Bureau of East Asian & Pacific Affairs (State Dept.), C-Span, To: Washington Post, Washington Wire (WSJ), White House, Who Runs Gov, Wilson Center, World Bank, World Public Opinion), # Economic Points (APEC, ASEAN, Asia Economic Institute, Asia Economic Monitor, Asian Development Bank Asian Regional Integration Center, Asia Source (Federal Reserve), Bank for International Settlements, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research, East Asian Integration Studies, Federal Reserve, G-20, International Energy Agency (IEA), IMF, Institute for International Economics, Japan Center for International Finance, OECD, Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry, Roubini Global Economics-Asia, Samsung Economic Research Institute, UNCTAD, UNESCAP, WIPO, World Bank, World Bank Data, WTO, Triple Crisis), # S&T Points (ASEAN Science & Technology Network, Asia Competitiveness Institute, Center for Science, Technology & Security Policy (AAAS), Innovation Policy Blog, Japan Science & Technology Agency, National Science Council (Taiwan), National Science Foundation (US), NISTEP (Japan), OECD Science & Innovation, Office of Science & Technology Policy (White House), Science & Technology Policy Institute (Korea), STI Program (Wilson Center), The National Academies, UNESCO, USPTO, WIPO), # Asia History Points (From: Asian Women's Fund, AtomicBombMuseum.org, Australian War Memorial, BACEPOW, Bataan Commemorative Research Project To:, USS Missouri, U.S.-Japan Dialogue on POWs, Visualizing Cultures (MIT), Women's Active Museum, Yasukuni Shrine)
* APP Blog - Recent Entries (incl.: # The Big Picture, # APP Members in Print, # Maybe Hatoyama is down for the count);
* Contact;
* Privacy Policy;
* Site Map.

URL http://www.jiaponline.org/

Internet Archive http://web.archive.org/web/*/www.jiaponline.org/

Link reported by: T. Matthew Ciolek (tmciolek--at--coombs.anu.edu.au)

* Resource type [news - documents - study - corporate info. - online guide]:
Study / Online Guide / News / Corporate Info.
* Publisher [academic - business - govt. - library/museum - NGO - other]:
* Scholarly usefulness [essential - v.useful - useful - interesting - marginal]:
V. Useful

Please note that the above details were correct on the day of their publication. To suggest an update, please email the site's editor at tmciolek@ciolek.com

21 December 2010

Asia Bookroom

21 Dec 2010

Asia Bookroom, Canberra, Australia.

Self-description: "Asia Bookroom [est. 1969 - ed.] is a leading Asian bookselling specialist. We have a large stock of books old and new on China, Japan, India, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, Laos, Sri Lanka/Ceylon, Malaysia, Singapore, Timor Leste, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Himalayan region including Tibet and Central Asia. We stock books old and new on all of these areas - and many Asian themes and topics - for example cookery and food, religion and philosophy, Asian art and many more. Browse our site and subscribe to our mailing list for updates of new books as they arrive."

Site contents:
* Search;
* Express Order;
* About Us;
* Subscribe (All Lists, Every Asian List below, Every East Asian List below, Every South Asian List below, Every Southeast Asian List Below, Every Asian Art List Below, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Borneo, Burma, Cambodia, Central Asia, China, General Southeast Asia, Himalayan Region, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Middle East, Pacific, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor, Vietnam, Anthropology, Antiquarian, Children's Books, Chinese Language, Chinese Medicine, Cookery and Food, Fiction, Gender Studies, Hakluyt Society, Indonesian Language, International Relations, Language and Linguistics, Martial Arts, Natural History and the Environment, Popular Culture, Religion and Philosophy, Security Issues, Travel & Travel Literature, Architecture, Ceramics, Cinema, Anime & Performing Arts, General Art, Painting, Photography, Prints, Sculpture, Textiles);
* Libraries;
* Children's Books;
* Events [news on forthcoming and past events at the bookshop];
* Asia Book Group [a reading group];
* My Cart.
* Browse Subjects (from Afghanistan, Afghanistan Language, Africa General, Africa North, Antiquarian, Art Africa, Art Architecture East and South Asia, Art Architecture East South Asia, Art Borneo, Art Buddhist, Art Burma, Art Cambodia Laos, Art Central Asia the Himalayas, Art China, Art China Archaeology, Art Chinese Bronzes, Art Chinese Calligraphy, Art Chinese furniture, Art Chinese Jade, Art Chinese Painting, Art Contemporary Pacific, Art Costume, Art East Asian Ceramics, Art East Asia Folk Crafts, Art Erotica [...] to [...] Tibet Language, Timor, USA, Vietnam, Vietnam 1945 1966, Vietnam Colonial Period, Vietnam Customs Traditions, Vietnam Ephemera, Vietnam Fiction Literature, Vietnam General History Politics, Vietnam Language, Vietnam Migration Issues, Vietnam Modern Travel Writing, Vietnam North, Vietnam People of Vietnam, Vietnam Post War, Vietnam Pre Colonial History, Vietnam Society, Vietnam War Australian Involvement, Vietnam War Civilian Accounts, Vietnam War Fiction, Vietnam War Medical, Vietnam War Military, Vietnam War Politics, Voyages).
* What We Do.
* We Buy Books.

['Asia Bookroom', a splendid specialist bookshop, is a member of the Australia & New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers, and of the Australian Booksellers Association - ed.]

URL http://www.asiabookroom.com/

Internet Archive http://web.archive.org/web/*/www.asiabookroom.com/

Link reported by: T. Matthew Ciolek (tmciolek--at--coombs.anu.edu.au)

* Resource type [news - documents - study - corporate info. - online guide]:
Corporate Info.
* Publisher [academic - business - govt. - library/museum - NGO - other]:
* Scholarly usefulness [essential - v.useful - useful - interesting - marginal]:
V. Useful

Please note that the above details were correct on the day of their publication. To suggest an update, please email the site's editor at tmciolek@ciolek.com

15 December 2010

South Asia Intelligence Review (SAIR), Weekly Assessments & Briefings

15 Dec 2010

South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), Institute for Conflict Management, New Delhi, India

Self-description: "The South Asia Intelligence Review (SAIR) is a weekly service [a free web and email newsletter with assessments & briefings, launched in Jul 2002 - ed.] that brings you regular data, assessments and news briefs on terrorism, insurgencies and sub-conventional warfare, on counter-terrorism responses and policies, as well as on related economic, political, and social issues, in the South Asian region. SAIR is a project of the Institute for Conflict Management [http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/icm/index.html] and the South Asia Terrorism Portal [http://www.satp.org/]. [...] Data and assessments from SAIR can be freely published in any form with credit to the South Asia Intelligence Review of the South Asia Terrorism Portal."

Site contents [Vol 9, No. 23, Dec 13, 2010]:

* Bangladesh (Assessment, Backgrounder, Bibliography, Documents, Data Sheets, Timelines, Terrorist Groups);

* Bhutan (Assessment, Backgrounder, Bibliography, Documents, Data Sheets, Timelines);

* India (Assessment, Bibliography, Documents, Data Sheets, Terrorist Groups, Timelines, States of India);

* Nepal (Assessment, Bibliography, Documents, Data Sheets, Timelines, Terrorist Groups);

* Pakistan (Assessment, Backgrounder, Bibliography, Baluchistan, FATA, KP, Punjab, Sindh, Documents, Data Sheets, Timelines, Terrorist Groups);

* Sri Lanka (Assessment, Bibliography, Documents, Data Sheets, Timelines, Terrorist Groups);

* [Daily] Terrorism Update;

* Latest on SATP (Incl: # Assam Assessment -Year 2011 (Dec 8, 2009), # Andhra Pradesh Assessment - 2011 (Dec 8, 2009), # Nepal Assessment -Year 2011 (Nov 28, 2010), # Sri Lanka Assessment -Year 2011 (Nov 28, 2010), # Sri Lanka: Document: 18th Amendment To Sri Lanka Constitution October 2010 (Nov 29, 2010), # Sri Lanka: Document: APRC Final Report 2010 (Nov 9, 2010), # Pakistan: Datasheets:Tribal Elders killed in Pakistan (Oct 27, 2010));
* South Asia (Overview, Documents, Conflict Map);

* Publication (# Faultlines [http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/publication/faultlines/index.html], # Knights of Falsehood [http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/publication/nightsoffalsehood/index.html], # Global Threat of Terror [http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/publication/books/index.html], # Book Store [http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/publication/store/index.html]);

* Maps (South Asia, Countries, States of India, Terrorist Camps, Afghanistan, US-Afghanistan Warmap);

* Freedom from Fear (Occasional writings on Terrorism and Givernance by K.P.S Gill, Incl: # Trivial Pursuit - Times of India, New Delhi, Jun 22, 2009, # Homegrown, yes, but ISI inspired - The Pioneer, Sep 24, 2008, # Political consensus is crucial - Daily News and Analysis, Aug 2, 2008, # Blame ISI for Kabul's woes - The Pioneer, Jul 12, 2008, # West ignoring ISI's deadly role - The Pioneer, Jun 07, 2008, # 'The Implosion of International Terrorism - M.L. Sondhi Prize for International Politics, 2007, Apr 19, 2008, # 'Outsiders' must be welcomed - The Pioneer, Mar 22, 2008);

* Wars Within Borders (Occasional writings on sub-conventional conflicts by Ajai Sahni, Incl: # INDIA: Kashmir: The Hour of the Vulture, South Asia Intelligence Review, Sep 27, 2010, # INDIA: Bihar: Falsehood, Infirmity & Death, South Asia Intelligence Review, Sep 6, 2010, # INDIA: Anti-Maoist Strategy: Utter Disarray, South Asia Intelligence Review, Jul 19, 2010, # INDIA: West Bengal: A Year of Failure, South Asia Intelligence Review, Jun 21, 2010, # Counter-insurgency: Some Myths and Principles, 40th All India Police Science Congress, Jun 2, 2010, # Catchphrases aren't strategies, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, May 30, 2010, # Where the Buck Stops, Indian Express, New Delhi, May 28, 2010, # INDIA:CI Strategies: Garbage In, Garbage Out, South Asia Intelligence Review, May 24, 2010, # INDIA: Death by Delusion, South Asia Intelligence Review, Apr 12, 2010);

* SATP (Sitemap, Contact, Links, Feedback, Suport Us);

* Search.

URL http://satp.org/satporgtp/sair/index.htm

Internet Archive http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://satp.org/satporgtp/sair/index.htm

Link reported by: T. Matthew Ciolek (tmciolek--at--coombs.anu.edu.au)

* Resource type [news - documents - study - corporate info. - online guide]:
* Publisher [academic - business - govt. - library/museum - NGO - other]:
* Scholarly usefulness [essential - v.useful - useful - interesting - marginal]:

Please note that the above details were correct on the day of their publication. To suggest an update, please email the site's editor at tmciolek@ciolek.com

13 December 2010

Japan Air Raids.org - A Bilingual Historical Archive

13 Dec 2010

www.japanairraids.org, Staten Island, NY, USA.

"New website announcement: japanairraids.org . We are pleased to announce the launching of a new website, japanairraids.org, a bilingual digital archive dedicated to the international dissemination of information about the United States Army Air Force air raids against Japan. While in its infancy, the website features air raid survivor interviews, primary documents produced by the U.S. and Japanese governments, photographs, moving images, and sound recordings. We encourage educators to inform students about the website, which can act as a one-stop shop for them to conduct original research. Given our wish to significantly expand the offering of primary documents and survivor interviews, we welcome any suggestions for funding possibilities. - ck."

"This site is an ongoing project to build a digital archive dedicated to the international dissemination of information about the World War II air raids against Japan. Thanks to the many Japanese citizens who over the last forty years have labored to preserve records regarding the raids and analyze the destruction of urban Japan (and the concurrent suffering and social upheaval that occurred in the final months of the Asia-Pacific War), the history of the air raids has taken root in Japan in a variety of ways. Numerous books and articles have been published, air raid resource centers and peace museums have been built, and members of research associations continue to carry out important research individually as well as hold annual meetings and conferences."

Site contents:
* English Document Archive ((# United States Strategic Bombing Survey (USSBS) Reports, # Impact, # XX / XXI Bomber Command, # Bombardment Group Mission Reports, Statistics, and Narratives, # Crew Manuals - B29, # Periodic Reports, Recommendations, and Analysis, # Monthly Reports, # Super-For, # Mission Accomplished, # Miscellaneous, # LeMay Papers, # National Archives, AAF RG18 Finding Aid, # Strategy, Research, Analysis, # Published Survivor Accounts, # Materials Regarding the Treatment of Captured Bomber Crews, # Personal Contributions, # Edward May Collection, # Incendiary Weapons, # Air Intelligence Reports, # Tactical Mission Reports);
* Japanese Document Archive (# Japanese Book Covers and Links, # Inoue Collection, # Record of Air Raids on Area of Eastern District Army During the Great Asian War, # The Weekly Photographic Bulletin);
* Photographs (# AAF Photographs (Aerial, Aerial (2), B-29 Crews, Charts, Doolittle Raid, Hiroshima, Marianas, Nagasaki, Postwar, Surrender), # Dugway Proving Grounds, # Magazine and Report Covers, # Cartoons);
* Audio/Video Content (# 'The Fighting AAF' Radio Broadcasts, # AAF Moving Images (Silent Footage, With Audio), # Newsreels, # Documentary and Propaganda Films);
* Research and Analysis (incl. the full text of: 'Place, Public Memory, And the Tokyo Air Raids' by Cary Karacas, The Geographical Review 100 (4) : 521--537, October 2010);
* Survivor Voices (# Michiko Kiyo-oka (Nov 28, 2010), # Shigemasa Toda (Nov 28, 2010), # Mari Kaneda (Nov 3, 2010), # Katsumoto Saotome (Oct 26, 2010), # Masaharu Ohtake (Oct 8, 2010)) ;
* 10 March 1945 [The Great Tokyo Air Raid];
* Timeline;
* Links (Museums, Peace Centers and Archives, Regional Associations, Lawsuits, Other);
* News;
* About Us / Join Us;
* Search.

URL http://www.japanairraids.org/

Internet Archive (web.archive.org) [the site was not archived at the time of this abstract]

Link reported by: Cary Karacas (cary.karacas--at--csi.cuny.edu), forwarded by h-asia--at--h-net.msu.edu

* Resource type [news/comments - documents - study - corporate info. - online guide]:
Documents / Online Guide / Study
* Publisher [academic - business - govt. - library/museum - NGO - other]:
* Scholarly usefulness [essential - v.useful - useful - interesting - marginal]:

Please note that the above details were correct on the day of their publication. To suggest an update, please email the site's editor at tmciolek@ciolek.com

Digital Himalaya Project

13 Dec 2010

Dept of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

"A project to develop digital collection, storage and distribution strategies for multimedia anthropological information from the Himalayan region.
The Digital Himalaya project was designed by Alan Macfarlane and Mark Turin as a strategy for archiving and making available ethnographic materials from the Himalayan region. Based at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, the project was established in December 2000. From 2002 to 2005, the project moved to the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University and began its collaboration with the University of Virginia. As of 2009, Digital Himalaya is back in Cambridge. [...] All material on this site is available for non-commercial use under Creative Commons licence."

Site contents:
* Census of Nepal (2001);
* Christoph von Fuerer-Haimendorf film collection ([four videoclips] # Excerpts from an interview with Fuerer-Haimendorf, conducted in Cambridge by Professor Alan Macfarlane in 1987. # Excerpt from 'The Land of the Gurkhas,' filmed in Nepal by Fuerer-Haimendorf in 1957. # Excerpts from Fuerer-Haimendorf's Arunachal Pradesh footage fillmed in 1944 and 1945. # Excerpt from 'Among the Sherpas,' filmed in Nepal by Fuerer-Haimendorf in 1971);
* Films ("Digital Himalaya is presently expanding its online collections to include contemporary film and video. Our first such collections are trailers from the films 'The Angel of the Aboriginals', 'The Way of the Road', 'Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army', 'Journey from Zanskar', 'Shining Spirit Project', 'I Will Find You, Punam' and the 'Journey of a Red Fridge', and full viewing copies of the Lepcha film 'Tendong Lho Rum Faat', 'Glance of Genius: The Life and Work of B.H Hodgson', 'The Hidden Treasure of Bön', the Minhe Mangghuer Torch Festival, images from Danba, the Alama Ritual and the Wutu Collection.");
* Journals (Scanned copies of: # Ancient Nepal, # Adarsa, # The Bhutan Review, # Bulletin of Tibetology, # Center for Constitutional Dialogue, # Contributions to Nepalese Studies, # Carter Center, # Crisis Group, # European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, # Gochali, # Himal, # Himal Southasian, # Himalayan Journal of Sciences, # International IDEA, # Journal of Bhutan Studies, # Journal of Newar Studies, # Journal of the Tibet Society, # Kailash, # Martin Chautari Policy Briefs, # Midweek, # Mother Tongue Pipal Pustak, # Mulyankan, # Nation Weekly, # Nepalese Linguistics, # Nepali Aawaz, # Nepali Times, # Newsfront, # Occasional Papers in Sociology and Anthropology, # Ogmios, # Peace and Democracy in South Asia, # Purnima, # Read, # Regmi Research Series, # Revue d'Etudes Tibetaines, # Samaya, # Saptahik, # Sharada, # Shikshak);
* Maps (Himalayan Maps, Nepal Maps, Himalayan Atlas, Great Himalayan Trail Dolpo Map, Great Himalayan Trail Route Map of Nepal);
* Music ("Our first music and audio collections include songs from Laya, Bhutan; Thangmi songs from Nepal; Yari Aso's songs, the Mangghuer Folktale Literature, and songs from Gcig sgril County, from Qinghai Province; the Jizong and Minyak collections from Sichuan and songs from Tha Rgyas in Tibet.");
* Naga Videodisk ["ethnographic material about the Naga ethnic groups living in the Assam and Arunachal Pradesh districts of India and parts of Burma. Approximately 30 minutes of moving film, some sound, seven thousand black and white photographs, 1200 photographs of artefacts were made available. There were also over six thousand pages of text from published works and unpublished diaries, fieldnotes, tour diaries and other materials."];
* Rare Books and Manuscripts (over 50 documents and publications, in PDF format, incl: #Tibetan-English Folktales - Edited by Tshe dbang rdo rje, Allie Thomas, Kevin Stuart, dPal ldan bKra shis and 'Gyur med rgya mtsho (281 pages); # Tibetan-English-Tibetan Dictionary - By Huadan Zhaxi, Kevin Stuart, Rinchen Dorji, Gesang Norbu, Dorji Zhaxi, Rinchen Khar, Gongbu Caireng, and Sandra Benson, 2007.; # Where the gods are mountains: Three years among the people of the Himalayas - By Rene de Nebesky-Wojkowitz, Published 1957 by Reynal in New York. (280 pages); # The Women of Baragaon - By Sidney Schuler, The Status Of Women In Nepal Volume II, Part 5, 1981 (first printing) (185 pages));
* Thak Archive ["a multimedia archive of ethnographic records collected from 1969 to the present by Alan Macfarlane and Sarah Harrison in the Gurung village of Thak, located in central Nepal."];
* Thangmi Archive ['a collection of photographs, films, linguistic data, field notes, newspaper clippings, audio files, and other data about the Thangmi ethnic group of northeastern Nepal. Long overlooked by scholars, politicians, and development workers alike, the Thangmi remain one of the least known ethnic groups of Nepal."];
* Frederick Williamson ["Frederick Williamson was a British Political Officer stationed in Sikkim, Bhutan, and Tibet in the 1930s. He was also an ardent photographer. Between December 1930-August 1935, he and his wife, Margaret Williamson, shot approximately 1700 photographs throughout the Himalayan region.";
* Wutu Collection ["The wutu ritual is an exorcism ritual held during winter by the Monguor (Tu) people of Gnyan thog Village (Tongren County, Huangnan Prefecture, Qinghai Province, China). These eighteen short films, shot by Zhu Yonzhong in 1996 and edited by Gerald Roche, show the ritual process step-by-step."].

* Overview;
* Project team (Core Members, Advisory Board, Trustees);
* Publications [free online access] (# 'Digitizing and Distributing Visual Footage from the Himalayas', in Nepali Aawaz, 07 December, 2006; Volume 2, Number 19, p. 21., # 'A regional ethnographic archive in the digital age', in NOW! Daily, Gangtok, Sikkim, Wednesday, 01 November, 2006; Volume 5, Number 255, p. 2., # 'A regional ethnographic archive in the digital age (continued)', in NOW! Daily, Gangtok, Sikkim, Thursday, 02 November, 2006; Volume 5, Number 256, p. 2., # 'Digitizing and distributing visual footage from the Himalayas', in SnowLion Newsletter, Volume 17, No. 2, p. 23. # 'Digitizing and distributing visual resources from the Himalayas', in South Asia Newsletter: A Publication of Cornell University's South Asia Program, Spring 2003, # 'Returning Footage to the Himalayas' in Viewfinder, the magazine of the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC), # Sara Shneiderman's account of returning to Lubra in Mustang with a DVD of Haimendorf's 1962 film of the village., # 'Haimendorf's laptop: An ethnographic archive in the digital age', in IIAS Newsletter, No. 26, November 2001, p. 20. # 'Digital Himalaya: An Ethnographic Archive in the Digital Age', in European Bulletin of Himalayan Research (EHBR), Issue 20-1, pp.136-141., # 'Digital Himalaya', in Interachive: Archival Practices and Sites in the Contemporary Art Field, Koeln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter Koenig, pp. 359-361. [ISBN 3-88375-540-0]);
* Technologies (Design and Coding of the Digital Himalaya website, Slide and Negative Scanning, Video Tape, 8mm and 16mm film, Video and Audio Compression Online);
* Support;
* Register;
* Contact us;
* News;
* Links (Anthropology, Himalayan/Tibetan/Central Asian Area Studies, Digitisation of Cultural Resources).

URL http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/

Internet Archive: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/

Link reported by: T. Matthew Ciolek (tmciolek--at--coombs.anu.edu.au)

* Resource type [news - documents - study - corporate info. - online guide]:
Documents / Study / News / Links / Corporate Info.
* Publisher [academic - business - govt. - library/museum - NGO - other]:
* Scholarly usefulness [essential - v.useful - useful - interesting - marginal]:

Please note that the above details were correct on the day of their publication. To suggest an update, please email the site's editor at tmciolek@ciolek.com

10 December 2010

Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA)

10 Dec 2010

Japan Institute of International Affairs, Tokyo, Japan.

"Founded in 1959, The JAPAN INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS is Japan's foremost center for producing and disseminating ideas on international relations. As an academically independent institution affiliated with the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Institute is a source of authoritative interpretations of Japanese foreign policy. Building on its work of publication, international scholarly collaboration and policy recommendation, the Institute is a forum for informed public debate."

Site contents:
* About Us (History and Mission, Trustees, Funding, Membership);
* People;
* Commentary ("AJISS Commentary seeks to inform world opinion of Japanese ideas on Japan and international affairs. AJISS-Commentary is an occasional op-ed type publication of The Association of Japanese Institutes of Strategic Studies (AJISS) consisting of three leading Japanese think tanks: Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS), The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), and Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS). The commentary is available on this website [free access to an abstract + text in PDF format] and through free subscription." Recent Commentaries include: # No.106 - Keep the Summit in Sight at COP16. Junichi Fujino, 26 Nov 2010; # No.105 - The Obama Administration's Security Strategy and the Japan-US Alliance. Takashi Kawakami, 19 Nov 2010; # No.104 - ARF: Move Forward "Not Too Slow." Susumu Yamakage, 5 Nov 2010; # No.103 - Don't Think Twice about Japanese Politics. It's All Right. Masaru Kohno, 2 Nov 2010; # No.102 - Deepening the Alliance within an International Security Community. Hirotaka Watanabe, 29 Oct 2010.);
* Forum (Recent webcasts include: # Dr. Seyyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour, Professor, The Foreign Relations Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Islamic Republic of Iran, "Iran's Security Policy and Iran-US Relationship: Special Focus on Afghanistan Question" (2010-11-29); # Dr. Anatoly Vasilievich Torkunov, Rector of Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO), "New Challenges in Global Politics" (2010-11-25). # Dr. Andrew Oros, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Washington College , Maryland, "Looking Beyond the Current Crisis in Japan-China Relations", (2010-11-19));
* Research ("JIIA is engaged in a variety of research on international political and security issues. -grand strategy, nuclear non-proliferation, regional integration, terrorism, energy, a host of bilateral relations and others. Our research emphasizes policy analysis and recommendation as well as the dissemination of information to stimulate informed public debate. Research findings are presented in reports and publications, and in public fora including the media." Recent Reports [in PDF format] include: # "On Multilateralism - Ideas and Actions of a World Banker". Hideaki Asahi, Professor of the University of Tokyo and Adjunct Fellow of JIIA.(2010-12-03); # U.S.-Japan-India Strategic Dialogue, September 22-24, 2010 Washington,D.C. # JIIA Public Symposium: Strengthening Japan-Pacific Islands Countries Partnership.(2010-09-13); # ASEAN Study Group Report (2010-03-31); EU Foreign Policy after the Lisbon Treaty: Challenges and Opportunities. Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Vice-President of the European Commission. (2010-04-28); # The Fifth Japan - Australia Track 1.5 Dialogue (2010-03-31).;
* Conference (Including: 2010 November: # The 4th Japan - New Zealand Track 1.5 Dialogue, Tokyo. # The 1st JIIA - MGIMO Conference, Tokyo. # The 34th CSCAP Steering Committee Meeting, Manila. # The 24th CIIS and JIIA Workshop, Beijing. # Open Symposium on "Conflicts and Peacebuilding in the Middle East: Palestine, Israel and Iraq", Tokyo.
2010 October: # The 1st CICIR - JIIA Symposium, Beijing. # The 19th Pacific Economic Cooperation Council(PECC) General Meeting, Tokyo. # The 1st Meeting of the CSCAP Study Group on Safety and Security of Offshore Oil and Gas Installations in the Asia Pacific, Danang, Vietnam);
* Publication [Details of Publications in English, Publications in Japanese];
* Membership;
* Centers (Center for the Promotion of Disarmament Non-Proliferation (CPDNP), Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP), Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC));
* Contact Us;
* Directions.

URL http://www.jiia.or.jp/en/

Internet Archive: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.jiia.or.jp/en/

Link reported by: T. Matthew Ciolek (tmciolek--at--coombs.anu.edu.au)

* Resource type [news/comments - documents - study - corporate info. - online guide]:
Corporate Info. / Study
* Publisher [academic - business - govt. - library/museum - NGO - other]:
Academic / Govt.
* Scholarly usefulness [essential - v.useful - useful - interesting - marginal]:

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07 December 2010

Researching World Christianity: [a database of] Doctoral Dissertations on Mission Since 1900

07 Dec 2010

Yale University Library & Yale Divinity School, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

"This database incorporates compilations of missions-related dissertations published in the July 1983, July 1993, and July 2003 issues of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research [http://www.internationalbulletin.org/], and has been expanded in its scope. First, it includes English-language doctoral dissertations without regard to country of origin. Secondly, rather than focusing narrowly on missions, it also includes dissertations dealing with Christianity outside the West. Excluded are dissertations about Christianity in Europe, Australasia, and North America, with the exception of aboriginal missions in those areas. Thirdly, it expands the chronological scope to include dissertations presented since 1900. Fourth, the earlier compilations were limited to 'research' doctorates, understood to include the Th.D. and the Ph.D.; the present compilation includes all doctoral level dissertations and theses that we could identify, including the D.Min. and D.Miss. Finally, we consulted many more sources to identify theses and dissertations than did the predecessor compilations, including websites and published bibliographies (a bibliography of sources consulted will be included with the database). As a result, the number of titles identified increased from 2,371 in its three predecessors to nearly 5,193. Updates to the database have increased the number of titles to 6,113 as of April 2010. The creation of this database was undertaken in collaboration with the International Bulletin of Missionary Research, and made possible by the support of the Overseas Ministries Study Center [http://www.omsc.org/], New Haven, Conn.."

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# MALAYSIA - details [Title, Author, Degree, Institution, Date, Abstract, DAI Number, Country of Origin, Subject 1, Subject 2, Subject 3, Subject 4] of the 21 located dissertations, including:
[1] A comparative study on religious tolerance in post-independence Malaysia and Nigeria, with special reference to Christian-Muslim relations. Basri, G. University of Aberdeen.
[2] A comparative study on the role of religious interest groups in the formulation of educational policies in the Philippines and Malaysia de la Cruz. Rica Melanie Perez. Rice University.
[3] Home-centered training of the Malaysia discipleship center leaders: A case study. George, M. Geevarughese. Dallas Theological Seminary.
[4] The impact of Christianity on power relationships and social exchanges: A case study of change among the Tagal Murut, Sabah, Malaysia. Harris, Annette Suzanne. Biola University.
[5] A History of the Protestant Christian Churches in West Malaysia and Singapore. Herron, Alan Craig. University of Otago.
[6] Contesting the Ideology of the Empire: Paul's Theological Politics in Romans, with Preliminary Implications for Chinese Christian Communities in Malaysia. Hii, Kong Hock. Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
[7] Claim the Call to Lead: Toward a Renewed Model of the District Superintendency in the Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference, Methodist Church in Malaysia. Lau, Hui Ming. Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
[8] A Proposed Theological Education by Extension Program for Malaysia. Lee, Amos Ying-pak. University of Chicago.
[9] The Development Of A Liberation Educational Model For The Witness Of The Christian Church In Peninsula Malaysia. Lee, Kok Pheng. Vanderbilt University.
[10] Persistence Amid Transition: The Views of Malay Students in America on Ethnic Identity and Religious Change in the Context of Malay History and Culture. Matanick, Philip Asbury. Theological Seminary.
[11] A Study of the Development of Malay Ethnicity in Modern Malaysia in Its Historical Context and Its Implications for the Church. Narayanaswamy, Paul. Monash University of Birmingham.
[12] The history of the Catholic Church in East Malaysia and Brunei (1880--1976). Rooney, J. University of London.
[13] The diffusion of Christianity among urban Chinese people in diaspora: The case of metropolitan Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. Stone, Wilbur Paul. Asbury Theological Seminary.
[14] Explaining the Crucifixion to Muslims, with Special Reference to Indonesia and Malaysia. Tan, Kim-Sai. Fuller Theological Seminary.
[15] Transformative Worship among the Salakos of Sarawak, Malaysia. Tan, Sooi Ling. Fuller Theological Seminary.
[16] A model of pastoral leadership development in a local church in Malaysia. Tang, Patrick Yeng-Sin, Dallas Theological Seminary.
[17] Diaspora Indians: Church Growth among Indians in West Malaysia. Thomas, Christdoss D. Fuller Theological Seminary.
[18] A Comparison of Tamil and Chinese Lutheran Churches in Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Vierow, Duain William. Fuller Theological Seminary.
[19] A Missions Education Program Design for Chinese Christian Churches of Malaysia. Voon, Philip H. Western Conservative Baptist Seminary.
[20] The Church in West Malaysia and Singapore: A Study of the Catholic Church in West Malaysia and Singapore Regarding her Situation as an Indigenous Church. Williams, Kenneth M. Catholic University of Louvain.
[21] Church Structure Issues in Asian Ecumenical Thought: With Particular Reference to Malaysia and Singapore. Yap, Kim Hao. Boston University.

# KOREA - details of the 143 located dissertations, including:
[1] The Anglican Church's missionary work in Korea 1890--1910 as revealed in its missionary magazine 'Morning Calm' Ahn, J.M. University of Wales.
[2] Pioneer American women missionaries to Korea, 1884--1907. Ahn, Katherine Hyunjoo Lee. Fuller Theological Seminary.
Ê [3] Toward Witness-Oriented Worship in the Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK). An, Seung Oh Paul. Fuller Theological Seminary.
[4] The agricultural-rural problems in Korea and some proposals for their solution in the light of the Church's social teaching. Bai, Dominicus M. Pontificia Universita Urbaniana.
[5] A Historical Study of the Role of Pioneer Korean Christians in Beginning the Indigenous Presbyterian Church and in Bible Translation, 1876--1912. Bang, Dong Sub. Reformed Theological Seminary.

# JAPAN - details of the 89 located dissertations, including:
[1] An Elucidation of Soren Kierkegaard's Categories of Communication and Their Application to the Communication of Christian Existence in Japan. Adams, Evyn Merrill. Drew University.
[2] A Record of the Activities of the Lutheran Evangelical Association of Finland in Japan, 1900--1946. Aho, Ilma Ruth. University of California, Berkeley.
[3] Social Evangel as Nationalism: A Study of the Salvation Army in Japan, 1895--1940. Baggs, Albert Edward. State University of New York at Buffalo.
[4] Between idolatry and infidelity: The Christian missionary in Japan, 1874--1912: A case study of cross-cultural encounter with special reference to the activities of British missionaries in Japan. Ballhatchet, H.J. University of London.
[5] Education in early Meiji Japan, 1868--1890. Bonnallie, Dorothy A. Claremont Graduate University.

URL http://resources.library.yale.edu/dissertations/

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06 December 2010

Cambridge Shahnama Project

06 Dec 2010

Shahnama Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

"This site brings you a comprehensive collection of manuscripts of the Shahnama, the Persian epic 'Book of Kings', completed by the poet Firdausi in AD 1010, together with a display of the miniature paintings in each one. There are currently about 1500 manuscripts and single pages recorded, 18,000 records of paintings, and 12,000 images from all over the world, now accessible with a few clicks of a mouse. It allows you to see and compare all the different depictions of a particular scene in the story, produced over a period of almost 600 years, and to look through the manuscripts held in different collections. [...]

Major exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, till 9 January 2011.
To mark the millennium of the completion of the poem in AD 1010, the Fitzwilliam Museum is currently presenting an exhibition of manuscripts, paintings and other objects associated with the Shahnama. View a virtual exhibition [http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/shahnameh/]. The catalogue of the exhibition, which is curated by Dr Barbara Brend, is published by I.B. Tauris (London) under the title, 'Epic of the Persian Kings: The Art of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh'."

Site contents:
* About the Project;
* The Shahnama;
* About the Data (# The database: rationale and contents (Organisation, The Shahnama text, Breaklines, Scene titles, Interpolated epics, Bibliography), # Geographical coverage (Dispersed manuscripts), # The images (Copyright), # Acknowledgements, # Credits (Database design, Website development, Data retrieval), # The future, # An invitation, # Contact details);
* Links [# websites concerning the Shahnama, related works, and their historical context; # websites of the institutions featured in the Archive];
* Events [incl. details of International conference: The Shahnama Millennium Conference, Clare College, Cambridge, 13-15 December 2010];
* View Archive (by Collection [# kind: collections, manuscripts, illustrations, 14Century, 15C, 16C, 17C, 18C, 19C, 20C, no date; # from: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, UK, USA, Uzbekistan, destroyed, dispersed mss, private collections, unknown country, unknown location]);
* View Archive (by Chapter [# kind: scenes, illustrations, 14Century, 15C, 16C, 17C, 18C, 19C, 20C, no date; -2- Other epics, -2a- Bahmannama, -2b- Barzunama, -2c- Garshaspnama, -1- Preliminary materials, -1a- Illuminations, -1b- Bindings, -1c- Frontispieces and Finispieces, -1d- Preface, 0 - Introduction, 1 - Kayumars (30 years), 2 - Hushang (40 years), 3 - Tahmuras Div-band (30 years), 4 - Jamshid (700 years), 5 - Zahhak (1000 years), 6 - Faridun (500 years), 7 - Manuchihr (120 years), 8 - Nauzar (7 years), 9 - Zav son of Tahmasp (5 years), 10 - Garshasp (9 years), 11 - Kay Qubad (100 years), 12 - Kay Kavus (150 years), 12b - Kay Kavus fights the King of Hamavaran, 12c - Suhrab, 12d - Siyavush, 12e - Kay Khusrau comes to Iran, 13 - Kay Khusrau (60 years), 13b - Kamus-i Kashani, 13c - Rustam and the Khaqan-i Chin, 13d - Rustam fights Akhvan Div, 13e - Bizhan and Manizha, 13f - The Twelve Rukhs, , 13g - The Great War between Kay Khusrau and Afrasiyab, 14 - Luhrasp (120 years), 15 - Gushtasp (120 years), 16 - Bahman son of Isfandiyar (99 years), 17 - Humay (32 years), 18 - Darab (12 years), 19 - Dara son of Darab (14 years), 20 - Iskandar (14 years), 21 - The Ashkanians (200 years), 22 - The Sassanians: Ardashir Babakan (42 years), 22 - Shapur son of Ardashir (31 years), 23 - Urmuzd son of Shapur (1 year, 2 months), 24 - Bahram son of Urmuzd (3 years, 3 months, 3 days), 25 - Bahram son of Bahram (19 years), 26 - Bahram Bahramiyan (4 months), 27 - Narsi son of Bahram (9 years), 28 - Urmuzd son of Narsi (9 years), 29 - Shapur Zul-aktaf (72 years), 30 - Unnamed Chapter, 31 - Ardashir the Good (12 years), 32 - Shapur son of Shapur (5 years, 4 months), 33 - Bahram son of Shapur (14 years), 34 - Yazdagird the Sinner (21 years), 35 - Bahram Gur (1) (63 years), 35b - Bahram Gur (2), 36 - Yazdagird son of Bahram Gur (18 years), 37 - Hurmuz son of Yazdagird (1 year, 1 month), 38 - Piruz son of Yazdagird (11 years, 4 months), 39 - Balash son of Piruz (5 years, 1 month, 6 days), 40 - Qubad son of Piruz (40 years), 41 - Kisra Anushirvan (48 years), 42 - Hurmuzd (14 years), 43 - Khusrau Parviz (38 years), 44 - Qubad son of Parviz (7 months), 45 - Ardashir Shiruy (6 months), 46 - Farayin Guraz (50 days), 47 - Purandukht (6 months), 48 - Azarmdukht (4 months), 49 - Farrukhzad (1 month), 50 - Yazdagird (16 years)]);
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URL http://shahnama.caret.cam.ac.uk/new/jnama/page/

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Journal of South Asia Women Studies (JSAWS)

06 Dec 2010

Asiatica Association www.asiatica.org, Milano, Italy

Supplied note: "Dear Friends and Colleagues, I am very happy to celebrate the 15th year of IJTS [International Journal of Tantric Studies - ed.] and JSAWS publications with the new issue of the Journal of South Asia Women Studies, vol. 12, no. 1, focusing on Human Rights. [...]
In this [Dec 2010] issue you can read the paper "Victims or Agents? An Issue of Identity Amongst Indian Migrant Women in Australia," by Loshini Naidoo (University of Western Sydney, Australia), and two paper interviews. The paper by Prof. Naidoo attempts to provide an understanding of the challenges that migrant woman, particularly women from the Indian sub-continent, face in cultural identity construction.

The interview paper is titled "An Islamic Feminist: Asya Andrabi and the Dukhtaraan-e-Millat in Kashmir by Francesca Marino (journalist, Director of Stringer Asia). It is based on an interview with Asya Andrabi, the founder and elusive leader of the militant female Islam group Dukhtaraan-e-Millat in Indian Kashmir.
The paper "Afghanistan, Issues at stake and Viable Solutions: An Interview with H.R.H. Princess India of Afghanistan" was written by myself. It is based on an interview with H.R.H. Princess India of Afghanistan, the honorary Cultural Ambassador of Afghanistan to Europe, approved in 2006 by President Hamid Karzai, and one of the founder members of Mahmud Tarzi Cultural Foundation (MTCF). It was made in January 2010.

The paper mostly deals with human rights issues and viable solutions for Afghanistan. It anticipates some of the alleged misconduct of US soldiers revealed over seven months later by Wikileaks.

Please note that the Note from the Editor and the interview with H.R.H. Princess India of Afghanistan are freely available. Enjoy! - Enrica Garzilli."

Self-description: "The purpose of the [electronic - ed.] journal is manyfold. This journal [ISSN 1084-7478] is open to all bona fide scholars in South Asia women studies. We aim to publish our work quickly and democratically. Subjects: law, civil rights, gender issues, religion, philosophy, politics, feminism and ecofeminism, classical and modern literature, poetry, dance, music, drama, language, translations, history, folklore, customs, medicine, architecture, discoveries and cultural or social products by women, etc. The journal is also a platform for dialog on interfaith issues, and for dialog on issues of importance to Asian women. We want to promote an international debate on the subject, and create a channel of communication between science and media, between scholarly production and NGOs activities, and between positive and religious thought and/or ethical thought. We want to publicize the scholarly study of women in terms of human rights. Women Studies, and particularly "Third World" Women Studies, means to be involved in ethical and social issues. Areas of study: India, Nepal, Tibet, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan, Maldives, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines. The journal includes unpublished articles, abstracts, reviews, and news (such as on published books, on papers, conferences, meetings, events, Ph.D. projects, etc.)."

Site contents
# VOL. 12 NO. 1 DECEMBER 3, 2010
* Pakistan, Burma, India and Human Rights - Editorial Note
* Afghanistan, Issues at stake and Viable Solutions: An Interview with H.R.H. Princess India of Afghanistan - by Enrica Garzilli
* An Islamic Feminist: Asiya Andrabi and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat of Kashmir - by Francesca Marino
* Victims or Agents? An Issue of Identity Amongst Indian Migrant Women in Australia - by Loshini Naidoo

# VOL. 11 NO. 2 JULY 22, 2009
* India General Elections 2009 - Editorial Note
* The Un-slammed Door: The Evolution of Compromise in Sangita Rayamajhi' s All Mothers Are Working Mothers - by Carol C. Davis
* Women Empowerment and Activism in the Indian state of Uttarakhand - by Annpurna Nautiyal

URL http://www.asiatica.org/jsaws/

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03 December 2010

Visualizing [Asian] Cultures - Image-Driven Scholarship

03 Dec 2010

MIT Visualizing Cultures, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA

"What is Visualizing Cultures?
Visualizing Cultures weds images and scholarly commentary in innovative ways to illuminate social and cultural history. Founded in 2002 by MIT Professors John Dower and Shigeru Miyagawa, Visualizing Cultures exploits the unique qualities of the Web as a publishing platform to enable scholars, teachers, and others to: (1) examine large bodies of previously inaccessible images; (2) compose original texts with unlimited numbers of full-color, high-resolution images; and (3) use new technology to explore unprecedented ways of analyzing and presenting images that open windows on modern history. [...]

This website offers a growing number of titles referred to as 'units.' This first, pioneering set of units visualizes diverse aspects of Japan in the modern world. Units in development move into China and beyond. [...] Units [accessible via Icon view and/or Text view - ed.] are generally comprised of four sections:

# Essay
A topical essay written by a Visualizing Cultures scholar and driven by the visuals themselves features full-color images, often enlarged to reveal telling details. Images are isolated and juxtaposed to highlight diverse perspectives and points. Reading images involves asking who the artists are, when they worked, what mediums they used, and how the audiences of the times responded to them.
# Visual Narratives
Graphics dominate the Visual Narratives. Themes from the essay as well as pathways and details within the image collection are explored visually in many different ways—series, close ups, recurring visual motifs, juxtapositions, changing media, and so forth -- with a minimum of text.
# Image Database (Gallery and VCID)
Each unit has a database that features every image in the essay, plus many more. The database generally takes the form of a simple view (Gallery) that enables users to easily scroll through the collection of source images. Some units feature a more complex database (VCID) with a federated search function that hooks directly into museum databases. All databases include at least basic metadata.
# Video and Animation (VCTV)
Visualizing Cultures has more than a hundred short clips that include author commentaries, interviews, tours, animation, and archival source footage. Video is also downloadable for the iPod [...]."

Site contents:
* MIT Visualizing Cultures (About VC, VC Scholars, Partner Institutions, Outreach, Events, Contact VC, Join VC on Facebook, Follow VC on Twitter);
* Rise & Fall of the Canton Trade System I, China in the World (1700-1860s), Essay by Peter C. Perdue;
* Rise & Fall of the Canton Trade System II, Macau & Whampoa Anchorage (1700-1860s), Essay by Peter C. Perdue;
* Rise & Fall of the Canton Trade System III, Canton & Hong Kong (1700-1860s), Essay by Peter C. Perdue;
* Rise & Fall of the Canton Trade System IV, Image Galleries;
* The First Opium War, The Anglo-Chinese War of 1839-1842, by Peter C. Perdue;
* The Opium War in Japanese Eyes, An Illustrated 1849 Story from Overseas, by John W. Dower;
* The Second Opium War [to be available in 2011], The Anglo-Chinese War of 1856-1860, by Peter C. Perdue;
* Black Ships & Samurai, Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan (1853-1854), by John W. Dower;
* Black Ships & Samurai II, Visual Narratives;
* Yokohama Boomtown, Foreigners in Treaty-Port Japan (1859-1872), by John W. Dower;
* Felice Beato's Japan: Places, An Album by the Pioneer Foreign Photographer in Yokohama, Essay by Allen Hockley;
* Felice Beato's Japan: People, An Album by the Pioneer Foreign Photographer in Yokohama, Essay by Allen Hockley;
* Globetrotters' Japan: Places, Foreigners on the Tourist Circuit in Meiji Japan, Essay by Allen Hockley;
* Globetrotters' Japan: People, Foreigners on the Tourist Circuit in Meiji Japan, Essay by Allen Hockley;
* John Thomson's China I, Illustrations of China and Its People, Photo Albums (1873-1874), Essay by Allen Hockley;
* John Thomson's China II, Illustrations of China and Its People, Photo Albums (1873-1874);
* Visual Narratives, John Thomson's China III, Illustrations of China and Its People, Photo Albums (1873-1874);
* Albums & Galleries, Throwing Off Asia I, Woodblock Prints of Domestic 'Westernization' (1868-1912), by John W. Dower;
* Throwing Off Asia II, Woodblock Prints of the Sino-Japanese War (1894-95), by John W. Dower;
* Throwing Off Asia III, Woodblock Prints of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05), by John W. Dower;
* Asia Rising, Japanese Postcards of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05), by John W. Dower;
* Yellow Promise, Foreign Postcards of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05), by John W. Dower;
* Selling Shiseido I, Cosmetics Advertising & Design in Early 20th-Century Japan, Essay by Gennifer Weisenfeld;
* Selling Shiseido II, Cosmetics Advertising & Design in Early 20th-Century Japan, Visual Narratives;
* Selling Shiseido III, Cosmetics Advertising & Design in Early 20th-Century Japan, Image Galleries;
* Tokyo Modern I, Koizumi Kishio's '100 Views' of the Imperial Capital (1928-1940), Essay by James T. Ulak;
* Tokyo Modern II, Koizumi Kishio's '100 Views', Annotations & Gallery;
* Tokyo Modern III, '100 Views' by 8 Artists (1928-1932), Image Galleries;
* Ground Zero 1945, Pictures by Atomic Bomb Survivors, Essay by John W. Dower;
* Ground Zero 1945: A Schoolboy's Story, Testimony of Akihiro Takahashi, Illustrations by Goro Shikoku.

URL http://visualizingcultures.mit.edu

Internet Archive http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://visualizingcultures.mit.edu

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02 December 2010

Why Japan? 10 Advantages to Investing in Japan

02 Dec 2010

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Tokyo, Japan

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"Japan's economy [...] is mainly based on services, which constitute two thirds of GDP, with banking, insurance, real estate, retailing, transportation and telecommunications accounting for the largest part. The industrial sector is diversified and contributes nearly 30% to GDP. [...] Agriculture, which is heavily subsidized, accounts for 5% of GDP. For more information about the structure of the Japanese economy consult the Regional Economic Report of the Bank of Japan [http://www.boj.or.jp/en/type/ronbun/chiiki_rep/chiiki1010.htm].
Japan's main product exports are cars, ships, electronic devices and computers, while its most important imports are raw materials such as oil, coal, foodstuff and wood. Its most important trade partners are China (main supplier) and the USA (main customer), followed by South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Australia. [...] For more information, consult Foreign Trade Statistics on the Ministry of Finance Website [http://www.customs.go.jp/toukei/info/index_e.htm]. - FITA's Really Useful Resources."

"Japan is the center of new trends and creativity and is a coveted testing ground for new products. A survey of foreign-affiliated firms in Japan conducted by JETRO in early 2008 indicated that one in five of these companies sees Japan as a center for research and development and as a base for business activities in Asia. Today, increasing numbers of companies around the world are partnering with Japanese companies to develop products and services, create innovative technologies, and conduct R&D projects. [...]."

Site contents:
* Investing in Japan (Investment News, Support and Services, Regional Information, Success Stories, How to Set Up Business in Japan, Attractive Sectors, Directory for Doing Business in Japan, Reports & Pamphlets, Q&A);
* Why Japan? 10 Advantages to Investing in Japan (1. Japan - A Market of Enormous Potential [GDP comparison of Japan with other major economic regions (US$ billion, 2007], 2. Sophisticated Consumers with High Purchasing Power and Discerning Tastes, 3. Promising Markets and Industries [Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Medical & Health Care, Automotive Parts, Environment-related Market:- Statistics, Charts and Commentaries], 4. Home of the World's Top Companies, 5. SMEs [small and medium-sized enterprises] Possess Unique Technologies, 6. Innovation Ushering in the Future, 7. A Gateway to the Asian Market, 8. Foreign Companies Expanding Business in Japan, 9. Mature Investment Infrastructure, 10. A Secure, Comfortable Living Environment);
* JETRO - Cool Japan (Japanese Food, Japanese Fashion, Japanese Design, Japanese Entertainment)
* JETRO - Business Opportunities (Business Matching Database (TTPP), Online Trade Fair Database (J-messe), Japanese Govemment Procurement);
* JETRO - Reports and Statistics (Market Reports, Standards and Regulations, Survey Reports, Japanese Trade and Investment Statistics, JETRO White Paper);
* JETRO - About us;
* Search.

[A multi-lingual (JP, EN, CN, KR, DE, FR) website - ed.]

["JETRO, or the Japan External Trade Organization, is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. Originally established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports abroad, JETRO's core focus in the 21st century has shifted toward promoting foreign direct investment into Japan and helping small to medium size Japanese firms maximize their global export potential." - ed.]

URL http://www.jetro.go.jp/en/invest/whyjapan/

Internet Archive http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.jetro.go.jp/en/invest/whyjapan/

Link reported by: "FITA's [The Federation of International Trade Associations http://www.fita.org/]
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01 December 2010

Online Ranking of the Asian Studies Organizations (ORASO)

01 Dec 2010

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

"'Online Ranking of the Asian Studies Organizations: a quarterly scorecard (ORASO).' This document [est. Oct 2008 and edited by T. Matthew Ciolek, as a part of the 'Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library' (coombs.anu.edu.au/WWWVL-AsianStudies.html)] is updated four times a year (March, June, September and December). It systematically monitors and collects information about the relative online rank (i.e. the so called 'PageRank' [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PageRank]) of the top 30 Asian Studies' institutions, organizations, specialist information resources, and research networks indexed by the Google Search Engine [www.google.com].

The PageRank of a given web address measures the site's relative importance within the world-wide archipelago of other web sites dealing with a given topic. The lower the PageRank, the greater is the deemed importance or relevance of the indexed site."

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[Google page ranks averaged over the ten sampling periods during the last 28 months, i.e. September 2008 till December 2010 by]:
* PageRank: 1.5 - Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library [http://coombs.anu.edu.au/WWWVL-AsianStudies.html] - an information resource.
* PageRank: 1.6 - Association for Asian Studies (AAS) [http://www.asian-studies.org] - an association.
* PageRank: 4.0 - Department of Asian Studies - Cornell University [http://lrc.cornell.edu/asian] - an academic body .
* PageRank: 7.8 - Department of Asian Studies - University of North Carolina [http://www.unc.edu/depts/asia] - an academic body.
* PageRank: 10.1 - Asian Studies | The WWW Virtual Library [http://vlib.org/AsianStudies] - an information resource.
* PageRank: 10.4 - Department of Asian Studies - University of British Columbia [http://www.asia.ubc.ca] - an academic body.
* PageRank: 11.3 - Asian Studies Center (ASC) - University of Pittsburgh [http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/asc] - an academic body.
* PageRank: 12.0 - Asian Studies Program - La Trobe University [http://www.latrobe.edu.au/asianstudies] - an academic body.
* PageRank: 14.5 - Asian Studies Center - Michigan State University [http://asia.isp.msu.edu/] - an academic body.
* PageRank: 15.2 - International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) [http://www.iias.nl] - a research institute.
* PageRank: 15.9 - Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) - University of California [http://ieas.berkeley.edu] - an academic body.
* PageRank: 16.2 - Chao Center for Asian Studies - Rice University [http://asia.rice.edu] - an academic body.
* PageRank: 16.3 - School of Asian Studies - University of Auckland [http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/asia] - an academic body.
* PageRank: 20.1 - Faculty of Asian Studies: web site 1 - Australian National University [http://www.anu.edu.au/asianstudies (the same site as [http://asianstudies.anu.edu.au/ , with a rank that is several notches less prominent)] - an academic body.
* PageRank: 20.9 - Asian Studies Program - University of Florida [http://www.clas.ufl.edu/asian] - an academic body.
* PageRank: 21.0 - Asian studies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_studies] - an information resource.
* PageRank: 25.8 - Asian Studies - University of Oregon [http://asianstudies.uoregon.edu] - an academic body.
* PageRank: 26.0 - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) [http://nias.ku.dk] - a research institute.
* PageRank: 26.1 - Asian Studies WWW Monitor e-journal [http://coombs.anu.edu.au/asia-www-monitor.html] - an information resource.
* PageRank: 26.8 - Asian Studies Network Information Center (ASNIC) - University of Texas at Austin [http://asnic.utexas.edu] - an academic body.
* PageRank: 27.6 - Asian Studies - University of Western Australia [http://www.asianstudies.arts.uwa.edu.au] - an academic body.

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