7 November 2013
On November 4 the new Taiwan Resource Centre for Chinese Studies (TRCCS) was inaugurated at the SOAS Library. This is a collaborative project between Taiwan’s National Central Library, the SOAS Library, and the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies. The cooperation agreement was signed by the SOAS Pro-Director Professor Nirmala Rao and the Director General of Taiwan’s National Central Library Dr. Tseng Shu-hsien.
The TRCCS holds an initial donation of over 800 books and DVDs published in Taiwan. These publications are closely related to the courses on the SOAS Taiwan Studies teaching programmes, particularly Taiwan’s politics, external relations, society & culture, modern history and film studies. In addition, the TRCCS will offer a range of databases for Taiwan and Chinese studies. The latest addition is the United Daily News database, which allows search and full text access to news reports going back to the 1950s. The National Central Library will then offer an annual large scale book donation and a wide range of database access to SOAS library users. The TRCCS is designed to support the study and research environment for those in Taiwan and Chinese Studies and will be particularly valuable for students’ wishing to incorporate Chinese language material into their dissertation research.
Although the focus of the initial donation was publications on modern Taiwan, subsequent year’s donations will also cover modern China. Thus the TRCCS is designed to support new SOAS China Institute’s teaching and research projects.
The Director of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies said, “The new TRCCS represents a major boost to Taiwan Studies at SOAS. The TRCCS strengthens our teaching and research programmes. It means our students now have access to the best new publications in Chinese related to our Taiwan Studies courses. I am delighted that SOAS is the first university in Europe to open such a resource centre. I must thank my colleagues at the SOAS Library and the National Central Library for their hard work in making the opening of this wonderful new resource possible. So many people have contributed to the establishment of the TRCCS but I have to single out Leo Lin (National Central Library) as well as Waihing Tse, Peter McCormack and Barbara Spina at the SOAS Library.”
The opening ceremony was also attended by the Taipei Representative to the United Kingdom Dr. Shen Lyu-shun, Professor Michel Hockx (Director of the SOAS China Institute), John Robinson (Director of the SOAS Library), Chen Yu-wen (Taiwan’s Ministry of Education) and Dr. Chang Bi-yu (Deputy Director, SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies).
Following the opening ceremony Dr. Fell and Dr. Tseng organized a Roundtable on Resources in Taiwan and Chinese Studies to introduce the new TRCCS, related research resources and funding opportunities. The event was attended by postgraduate students and faculty members from both SOAS and other London based universities.
The list of books and DVDs catalogued so far at the TRCCS is available on the Library catalogue.