Archive for the 'Reference Questions' Category

More Requests from Japan

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Just received the thank-you letter from Japan and glad to know Shoko is back home safely. She gave an impressive presentation last Friday. When I dropped her off at YVR, I had a Canadian style hug. Glad to learn about the library operation in Japan and the program at Tsukuba. I think that their program […]

Busy Day

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

This morning, all my mind was on the visa issue in Guangzhou and how to hang the panels in the Auditorium. Asian Studies’ pancake breakfast was in there and changed the setting and feeling of the room. The folks’ warm greetings stopped my worries on the exhibition. What a great opportunity meeting new colleagues! Dr. […]

Misleading Chinese Databases

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Receiving several questions on Chinese databases. Our graduate students are very confused. They would assume if a serial title is covered, all its issues and full-text articles would be available. When we ran into so many unavailable ones this week, I could sense the frustration from our students, but the vendors could easily say “NO”. […]

No Slow Time

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The campus is so quiet on this rainy Monday, as if I could hear the petals falling off the magnolia trees by IKBLC. Solving a mystery of a series with messy bib records as soon as I walked into the library, turned out it’s a call-back set from Surrey storage. This reminds me several recent […]

Developmental diasporas in China and India

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Professor Kellee Tsai from Johns Hopkins was invited to Political Science as a distinguished speaker. Lots of my friends attended Johns Hopkins Nanjing Centre. Prof. Tsai’s talk was held in Buchanan Penthouse in the unusually warm and bright Friday afternoon. She compared migration and diaspora capital flows in China and India, which she thinks should […]

Final Weeks with Cherry Blossoms

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Really exited reading Benjamin’s final paper and receiving more in-depth research questions. Glad to receive the rare items from UCSD, U of Chicago and China for Jonnathan, Noa and Gary. Cherry blossoms are late this year, so are the final weeks.

Emigration Statistics

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Unlike the common question on Chinese immigrants, I was helping a Ph.D candidate to track down emigration statistics from the People’s Republic of China from 1949 to 1989 and to date. A new government sponsored research report Conducted by Xiamen U happens to be released, but only on 1970 to 2008: “从上世纪70年代到2007-2008年间,从中国前往世界各地的移民超过1000万人。其中,来自港澳台地区的约160-170万,来自中国大陆约800多万。前往发达国家的中国新移民近700万,前往发展中国家的有300多万。 “Another study estimates […]

A Hot Red Week

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Reference requests rushed in last week. Asian Studies’ new year party attracted many people. I could only stood at the back for a short time. A white student asked for some ghost stories from Ming so he could compare with Liao Zhai. I just assumed he wanted English translation, until he confirmed that he really […]

Rare Book in CASS, 10/12/2011

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

A’Huang has already connected me to the History Institute. She was busy training that day, so Lao Liu took me to Mr. Yuan, who generously showed me the unique item, a hand-written copy from early Qing. CASS has my Childhood friends and Wuhan U buddies. The hyper-exciting chat can never end, all my needs in […]

Chinese Movies

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Prof. Rea just requested the newly released Chinese movies. How do we get them if they are not legally on DVD yet? I know lots of people have seen them online, but I am not supposed to refer him to do the same thing, or can I? I am sure more and more students only […]

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