SOAS Taiwan Resource Centre for Chinese Studies (TRCCS)
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 and cross-Strait Relations, Society & Culture in Taiwan, modern history, Economic Development of Modern Taiwan, languages, and Taiwan 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. In the future the National Central Library will then offer an annual large scale book donation and a wide range of database access to SOAS library users. These additional databases are available via the National Central Library’s TRCCS page. The SOAS 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.
The Director of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies Dafydd Fell 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.”
The list of books and DVDs catalogued so far at the TRCCS is available on the Library catalogue.