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Web resources

Freely available web resources selected by the China and Inner Asia librarian which will support your research into the China and Inner Asia.

Electronic publications

Annual Report on the Military Power of the People's Republic of China
This report by the United States Department of Defense addresses (1) China's grand strategy, security strategy, and military strategy; (2) developments in China's military doctrine and force structure, to include developments in advanced technologies which would enhance China's military capabilities; and, (3) the security situation in the Taiwan Strait.

China the Beautiful - Chinese Art and Literature
Full text versions of Chinese poetry, novels and Chinese classics. Site edited by Dr. Ming L. Pei.

Chinese Cultural Studies: Texts
Selection of Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist and other original Chinese texts in translation. Compiled by Paul Halsall.

The Republic of China Yearbook - Taiwan
A comprehensive and cohesive overview of the most important aspects of the Republic of China on Taiwan. Produced by The Republic of China on Taiwan, Government Information Office. 

The Security Situation the Taiwan Strait
Report by the United States Department of Defense which addresses Taiwan's ability to defend against current and emerging PLA capabilities. The Complete Reference to China/Chinese-Related Web Sites
8,500+ links to China/Chinese related Web sites.

Chinese Legal Research Resources
Part of Foreign Law: Legal Research Resources on the Internet, resources compiled by Lyonette Louis-Jacques, The Foreign and International Law Librarian and Lecturer in Law D'Angelo Law Library, University of Chicago Law School.

European Association of Sinological Librarians (EASL)
Scroll down the page and use the table of contents to view the categorised list of resources.

Marjorie Chan's China Links
Annotated links to over six hundred websites pertaining to on-line resources on Chinese studies. Site maintained by Professor Marjorie K.M. Chan, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Ohio State University.

The Digital Asia Library
A fully searchable catalogue of over 3000 annotated websites. Based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tibetan Resources on the Web
An annotated list of Tibetan resources selected by C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University.

Tibetan-English-Dictionary of Buddhist Teaching & Practice
The Dharma Dictionary is an ongoing project involved in compiling Buddhist terminology and translation terms to bridge the Tibetan and English languages. It has slowly grown to a database of approx. 5 megabytes with 65,000 entries.

Websites and Gateway

Asian Film Connections
List of contemporary films made in China, India, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan from 1998 onwards. Includes synopses, interviews, educational material, and essays from Asia's leading film journals, and contains images and video clips from selected films. Available in English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. 

Chinese Medicine Sites
A selection of quality Chinese Medicine sites available on the World Wide Web. Selected by The Journal of Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Military Power
Set of resources relating to China's military situation. Published by The Project on Defence Alternatives, the Commonwealth Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Chinese Movie Database
Covers Chinese movies made in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other countries/regions, from 1905 to present. Searchable by movie title and peoples names. 

Digital Buddhist Library and Museum : Comprehensive Cyberspace for Buddhist Studies
Comprehensive source of online Buddhist Resources from The Center for Buddhist Studies College of Liberal Arts National Taiwan University.

Energy and Security in the South China Sea
A research programme to explore the history and current status of conflict in the South China Sea. Hosted by The Centre for Development and the Environment University of Oslo.

East Asia - WWW Virtual Library
Thousands of annotated links of East Asian resources covering : China, Eastern Turkistan, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, Russian Far East & Siberia, South China Sea, South Korea, Taiwan and Tibet

Online Guide East Asia (OGEA)
Access to electronic resources related to East and Southeast Asian studies in both western and orginal language. You may either browse the catalogue by subject classes or search a term and then filter your results by further criteria such as region, language, kind of resource etc.

Himalayan Language project
The Himalayan Languages Project of Leiden University is a programme of ongoing linguistic research on hitherto undescribed and little known languages indigenous to the Himalayan region.

Hong Kong Literature Database
The Database is powered by various searching functions. Full-text is available in a major part of the database.

Hong Kong Movie Database
An online database for Chinese movies. Searchable by movie title and peoples names.

Human Rights in China
An international non-governmental organisation founded by Chinese scientists and scholars in March 1989. Their mission is to promote universally recognised human rights and advance the institutional protection of these rights in China.

Internet East Asian History Sourcebook
History of East Asia from its cultural origins to the present day. Mainly covers China and Japan.

The Flora of China
A collaborative project to publish the first modern English-language account of the approximately 30,000 species of vascular plants of China (one-eighth of the world's flora).

The Silkroad Foundation
The Silkroad Foundation is a non-profit organization, established in 1996, to promote the study and preservation of cultures and art on Inner Asia and the Silk Road.

The Tibetan Dialects Project
The Tibetan Dialects Projects is run by a group of researchers at the Institute of Linguistics, University of Berne.

Tibetan Cultural Region Directory
A comprehensive directory of Tibet-related web sites

Update to Beyond the Border: The Chinese Legal Information System in Cyberspace
Basics of the laws of the People's Republic of China, the laws of the Hong Kong SAR, and the laws of the Macao SAR, Major online Chinese Legal Resources in English and Chinese. Chinese characters and culture
Provides etymologies of Chinese characters in order to help students understand, appreciate and remember characters. Over 4000 characters with etymologies in English and genealogical charts highlighting the etymological connections between characters. Also has good links to Chinese language resources.