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Fall 2020 Exhibit: From I-Ching to Manga: UCI's East Asian Collection Celebrating 30 Years celebrates the thirty year anniversary of the establishment of the East Asian Collection highlighting treasures from the past. 

Established in 1990, the UC Irvine Libraries’ East Asian Collection serves the needs of the East Asian research and teaching community on campus, which comprises faculty and students mainly from the departments of history, art history, East Asian studies, comparative literature, film and media, drama, sociology, political science and anthropology. The collection is also open to local residents. In a relatively short span of 30 years, the Collection has grown from the original 8,000 Chinese books to over 120,000 volumes in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages, making it one of the fastest growing Collections of this kind in the nation and the largest East Asian Collection in Orange County.


The growth of the East Asian Collection expanded the diversity of the items including a range of formats, subjects, geographic areas, and time periods. Over years, with continued generous support from library administrations, UCI faculty, and community partners, we have acquired rich resources in modern East Asian literature and history, and Chinese classics, including many unique items showcased below:

  •  I-Ching Collection, some 2,000 volumes, largely in Chinese, Japanese and Korean traditional binding format and with publication date back to 1911 and earlier.
  • Shūkan Shōnen Magajin (1959-1995), a popular Japanese manga magazine from the very first issue to issues from its peak publication era.
  • Hanʼguk Hojŏk Sŏngchʻaek (1904-193?) and Koseki Daicho (1902-1934), two sets of microfilm copies of significant Korean census records.

From I-Ching to Manga: UCI’s East Asian Collection Celebrating 30 Years, will open in Fall 2020.

From I-Ching to Manga: UCI's East Asian Collection Celebrating 30 Years is curated by the Research Librarian for Asian Studies Dr. Ying Zhang and designed by Allan Helmick and Sylvia Irving.

The UCI Libraries Exhibits Program promotes the diverse holdings and scholarly and cultural value of the Libraries’ collections to the campus and community.

Current Exhibits

Finding the Edge
Fall 2019 Exhibit | Finding the Edge: The Work and Insights of Edward O. Thorp

Finding the Edge: The Work and Insights of Edward O. Thorp highlights the extraordinarily diverse life and career of Edward O. Thorp. As a UCI founding professor of mathematics, best-selling author, hedge fund manager and blackjack player, this exhibit features Thorp’s mathematical odyssey from academia, to the casinos of Las Vegas, and the trading desks of Wall Street. The exhibit includes select writings and memorabilia showcasing his personal and professional papers throughout his impressive career. Thorp was a founding member of the UCI mathematics department and became a professor who mathematically proved card-counting gives every player an edge. Thorp also funded an endowment to attract a pre-eminent professor in mathematics. To beat roulette, he and Claude Shannon invented the first wearable computer. Along with innovative applications of probability theory, Thorp is also The New York Times bestselling author of “Beat the Dealer,” the first book to mathematically prove that the house advantage in blackjack could be overcome by card-counting. He also pioneered the use of quantitative investment techniques in the financial markets and has been called the “Godfather of Quants.” This exhibit provides an inspirational view of Edward O. Thorp’s boundless curiosity and intellectual drive towards “finding the edge” in science and business.

Finding the Edge: The Work and Insights of Edward O. Thorp is curated by Annette Buckley, Resarch Librarian for Business and Economics; Rebecca Imamoto, Head of Collection Strategies; and John Sisson, Research Librarian for Biological Sciences; and is designed by Allan Helmick and Sylvia Irving.

 

To view photos from the event, please go here.

To see video from the event, please go here.

 

Finding the Edge: The Work and Insights of Edward O. Thorp will open on Monday, November 4, 2019 at Langson Library, Muriel Ansley Reynolds Gallery and will be on display during regular library hours until March 2020. To learn more about this exhibit, please click here.

 

The UCI Libraries Exhibits Program promotes the diverse holdings and scholarly and cultural value of the Libraries’ collections to the campus and community.
•    To support the Libraries' Collection Enhancement Fund, please go to: http://www.uadv.uci.edu/CollectionEnhancementFund.

Korean Comfort Women
Special Exhibit | Korean Comfort Women and the U.S. Discoveries

Korean Comfort Women and the U.S. Discoveries is a UCI Libraries sponsored exhibit that highlights the newly discovered U.S. archival materials on Korean comfort women with supporting documentary film clips and book displays. The archival materials include video footage and photographs taken by U.S. military members who were fighting during WWII in South East Asia against the Japanese forces. 

The discoveries also include some U.S. Army interrogation reports of Korean comfort women captured along with the Japanese POWs, which provides proof and a rare glimpse into the systematic management of comfort stations and the procurement of Korean comfort women by the Japanese colonial government in Korea and the Imperial Japanese military. 

Since the Korean comfort women issue was first raised in 1991, breaking a fifty-year silence, it has attracted scholarly as well as public attention internationally.  The documentary clips and the books and videos displayed in this exhibit further documents violations of women’s human rights, which are common in war time and continue in other parts of the world even today.

This exhibit is sponsored by UCI Libraries. We thank Professor Chin Sung Chung Research Team and Professor Sung Hyun Kang for sharing the discovered materials from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).  This exhibit is produced in collaboration with them and Professor Chungmoo Choi, UCI Department of East Asian Studies and the Center for Critical Korean Studies.  The library collections exhibited is curated by Dr. Ying Zhang, Research Librarian Asian Studies.

This exhibit includes content that may be sensitive to some viewers; discretion is advised.

 

Korean Comfort Women and the U.S. Discoveries will be on display until December 1, 2019 in the Science Library in Room 261 located near the entrance to the Grand Reading Room during regular library hours.

For more information on the exhibit please contact Dr. Ying Zhang at yingz@uci.edu. For information on scheduling a group visit, please contact Carlin Motley at cmotley@uci.edu.

Water California
Winter 2018 Exhibit | Water in California: Issues, Impacts & Innovation

Water in California showcases the intersections of water as a commodity and natural resource, through examples of research and scholarship at UCI; and includes art from Lakeside Middle School students.

The opening event, held on February 21, 2018, featured Professor David Feldman, School of Social Ecology and Director of the Water UCI Center and Professor Stanley Grant, Samueli School of Engineering. Dance students from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts also performed original pieces inspired by water, under the direction of Lisa Naugle, Professor and Department Chair of Dance.

 

Water in California: Issues, Impacts & Innovation is on display in the Science Library, Second Floor during regular library hours. For more information on the exhibit please contact partners@uci.edu.

Exhibit Curators: Julia Gelfand, Applied Sciences & Engineering Librarian and Shannon Roback, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Water UCI Center. 
Exhibit Designers: Jennifer Betonio, Allan Helmick, and Sylvia Irving


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The UCI Libraries Exhibits Program promotes the diverse holdings and scholarly and cultural value of the Libraries’ collections to the campus and community.
•    To support the Libraries' Collection Enhancement Fund, please go to: http://www.uadv.uci.edu/CollectionEnhancementFund.

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Other Exhibits

  • Abraham Trembley: A Pioneer in Developmental Biology
    An exhibit of the gifts donated by Howard and Sylvia G. Lenhoff on display in the Science Library 1st floor lobby.
  • East Asian Languages & Literatures - Book Exhibits
  • Hmong Textiles
  • Documenting the Southeast Asian Refugee Experience
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