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Subject Policy Statement - JAPANESE STUDIES


A. Purpose and Program Description

The Libraries seeks to support research and teaching in all aspects of the Japanese language, society and culture . Programs and courses include undergraduate and postgraduate (by research) courses up to Ph.D. in Japanese language, society and culture, translation, Japanese linguistics, history, geography, media, popular music, film, art, politics and government, religion and literature, business Japanese and Sino-Japanese relations. There are also certificate courses in Japanese for students and staff.

Research focuses on the Ainu, Church Missionary Society in Japan , Hong Kong - Japan Relations, Japan in China, influence of Japanese culture in Hong Kong, Japanese linguistics and postmodern Japanese literature.

Areas of established specialization are the classic works of the language, literature, art and history of Japan.

The Collection supports the needs of undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students, the teaching faculty, and many visiting researchers.


B. General Selection Guidelines (See Classed Analysis)

Overall, the Libraries' existing collection and acquisitions commitment, based upon available resources, and its collection goal for Japanese Studies are all at the research level.


C. Specific Delimitations

  1. Formats collected: We collect monographs, annuals, reference tools, scholarly series, periodicals, audio-visual materials, microforms, CD-ROMs and other electronic tools, and dissertations (other than HKU dissertations) selectively.
  2. Imprint Dates Collected: We collect current publications extensively and earlier publications selectively.
  3. Chronological Focus: We collect materials focusing on all chronological periods.
  4. Languages Collected: We collect English and Japanese materials extensively and other non-English language materials selectively.
  5. Place of Publication: We collect materials published in Japan, the United Kingdom and United States extensively, and materials published elsewhere selectively.