Search Engines and Web Guides to East Asiaedited by Hanno E. Lecher
Last updated on 28 Jan 2005, 51 main entries
Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library (T.M. Ciolek, Australian National Univ.)
Description: Probably the most important relay site for Asian Studies, this page includes links to all the WWW Virtual Libraries on the countries and regions in Asia as well as several special pages such as the well known Asian Studies WWW Monitor, a newsletter on new Asian-related netpages updated almost daily, and others.
Added/revised on 01.12.1997
East Asia WWW Virtual Library (Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, USA)
Description: Supplied note: "The East Asia WWW VL is a regional component of the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library [... and] catalogues online resources common to the whole of the EA region as well as provides the main gateway to detailed Virtual Libraries for China, Eastern Turkistan, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, Russian Far East & Siberia, South Korea, Taiwan, and Tibet." (Cited from the Asian Studies WWW Monitor Sept. 1998).
Information supplied by T.Matthew Ciolek (email@example.com).
Added/revised on 16 Nov 1999 (HL)
Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL)
Description: Maintained by Robert Felsing, University of Oregon, USA, this site contains - among others - extensive subject guides to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.
Last revised 18 Dec 2002 (JH).
European Association of Sinological Librarians (EASL)
Description: You will find information on EASL and its members (including links) and an extensive guide to internet sites relevant to East Asian Studies (libraries, universities, databases, journals etc.).
Marjorie Chan's China Links (Ohio State Univ., USA)
Description: An extensive and well sorted guide with some emphasis on Chinese linguistics and language. The links include short descriptions and are ordered according to the following categories: (1) Search Engines, Chinese Studies, E-Texts, and Netnews; (2) Chinese Language Software and Audio/Video Programs; (3) Chinese Language and Linguistics; (4) General Linguistics and Internet Resources.
Added 12 Jan 1998 (HL), last updated 28 Jan 2005 (MA/HL)
Academic Info: Asian Studies - Directory of Online Resources> (Mike Madin, Academic Info, [USA?])
Self description: "Mission: Improve access to online educational resources by developing an easy to use subject directory covering each academic discipline. Increase educational opportunities for students in rural and underrepresented communities by giving them the same online experience as students from more privileged communities. [...] The primary focus of the site must be academic, with its intended audience at the upper high school level or above. A priority is adding digital collections from libraries, museums, and academic organizations and sites offering unique online content. Will add annotated subject directories but not sites with only a 'list of links.' [...]"
Description: This is a subsite of academicinfo.net, a directory of educational online resources maintained by Mike Madin. After ten years at the University of Washington's Gallagher Law Library Madin left in 2000 to work full time on Academic Info. Many links are briefly annotated, mostly using the site's self description. Sorting is alphabetically (page-title), which does not make it too comfortable to use. The search (as the table of contents) can be accessed from the mainpage only, but boolean operators can be used. The site displays sponsored links.
Site contents: Afghanistan Studies, China Studies (General Links, Reference Desk, Digital Library, Libraries & Print Archives, Chinese Language Study, Chinese History, Religions in China, Chinese Law & Government, Chinese Cinema, Organizations), India Studies, Japan Studies, North Korea, Tibet, Buddhist Studies (Digital Library, Links & General Resources, Zen Buddhism, Buddhist Art, Women & Buddhism, Buddhism in America, Sanskrit Studies, Centers & Organizations, Reference Desk), Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Asian American Studies, SARS, See Also
Added 25 Jan 2004 (MA)
Search Engine Colossus - Directory of Search Engines (Bryan Strome, British Columbia, Canada)
Description: Very useful directory of regional, national and international search engines, including many for searching China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore.
Information supplied by Bryan Strome, British Columbia, Canada.
Added/revised on 29.12.1998 (HL)
SinaSearch Directory - powered by Excite (SinaNet.com)
Language: Chinese (GB, Big5, Gif).
Description: The Chinese version of Excite.
Added/revised on 28.09.1998 (HL)
East Asian Studies Resources (Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), University of California/Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA)
Site contents: (1) Education Resources (Asia via the Internet; Educational Films on Asia [incl. sources on video libraries & stores]; Today in Asian History; Asian Studies Documents Index [China, Europe-Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Laos, Mongolia, United Nations, US-Asia, Vietnam]; Asian Studies Statistics Index [Demographics, Economy and Trade, Education, Politics]); (2) Fellowships Index (Information on support for Asian Studies research and training); (3) Southern California East Asia-Related Events Calendar; (4) Summer Seminar for Educators (program, requirements, recommended resources, discussion board); (5) CEAS Home.
Resource suggested by Clayton Dube (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Added/revised on 09 Sep 1999 (HL)
East Asian Studies Internet Resources (Ching Chang, Sheau-yueh J. Chao, and Belinda Chiang, College and Research Library News 59.7, July 1998)
Description: This article gives a very good first impression on where to go when searching for Internet resources for East Asian Studies. The article is devided into covering the following subchapters: (1) Gateway systems/Meta indexes; (2) Individual countries: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, and Tibet; (3) Scholarly discussion lists and electronic conferences; (4) Electronic journals and newsletters.
Information supplied by Sheau-yueh Janey Chao (email@example.com) and Maureen Donovan (firstname.lastname@example.org) via the Asian Studies WWW Monitor Sept. 1998).
Added/revised on 29.09.1998 (HL)
Gateway2China (Li Zhenqin, Gateway2China, Inc.)
Resource type: On-line guide.
Description: Includes a "Special Reports" section with links to a series of reports on current affairs and problems in China such as WTO Accession, US-China relations, the Cox report, Human rights, etc. Has also a section with classified advertisements. Each entry includes a short description.
Site contents: (1) Business; (2) Community & Forum; (3) Culture & History; (3) Internet News; (4) Resource - China; (5) Resource - Global; (6) Special Report; (7) Travel and Tours.
Resource suggested by Rolf Melheim, Norway.
Added/revised on 30 Jun 2000 (HL)
Asia Observer (John Einar Sandvand, Asia Observer, Hong Kong)
Resource type: News/Online Guide.
Self description: "Asia Observer is a start page for people who follow news and developments in East and Southeast Asia providing news, background and useful links. The web site intends to give easy access to quality information about this dynamic region. Separate pages for each country. For China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Taiwan you will also find country-specific news pages."
Resource suggested via the Asian Studies WWW Monitor (01 Jan 2000) by John Einar Sandvand (email@example.com).
Added 14 Feb 2000 (HL)
East and Southeast Asia: An Annotated List of Internet Resources (Robert Y. Eng, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, USA)
Description: "A window on the rich Internet resources on the politics, society, history, and culture of East and Southeast Asia, and on Asian-Americans in North America. Countries and political units covered: China; Japan; North & South Korea; Hong Kong; Taiwan; Mongolia; Burma; Cambodia; Indonesia; Laos; Malaysia; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; Vietnam." (Cited from the Asian Studies WWW Monitor Sept. 1997).
Added Sep 1997 (HL), last revised 29 Nov 2004 (HL)
The Complete Reference to China/Chinese-Related Web Sites 中國大全
Description: Listing more than 1000 links to all kinds of China related internet resources. Though "complete" is a big word, there is indeed a lot you will find here.
Added/revised on 21.02.1999 (HL)
China Links for HyperChina Users 中國文化網
Contains the following topics: Learning Chinese; Language; History; Philosophy; Literature; Music; Art; Movies; Travel/Regions; Computing; Other Fun. Gives a very good selection and includes short comments.
Passi sulla rete (Pacing the Net)
This is a "[...] newsletter devoted to new selected resources on India, Tibet, China, Korea and Japan useful to students and scholars; to developments in the use of computers in the humanities; and to new networked tools of general interest. All resources are illustrated by a short note in Italian, but the home page and table of contents are also available in English."
Nihao - China InfoWeb
Offers 16 categories: Art and Culture; Computer & Internet; Entertainment; Health; Overseas Chinese; Regions; Society; Travel; Business & Economy; Education & Research; Government; News & Media; Reference; Science & Technology; Sports; World Resource. The site is under development.
Digital Chinese Library
Maintained by the Center for Chinese Studies Library at the University of California at Berkeley, this site offers bibliographies and reference materials; online library catalogues for selected collections around the world; online newspapers, magazines, and other publications on China; and others.
ASEAN Internet Search
"This is an information search facility for retrieving information located on ASEAN web servers".
Note: As of 18 Dec 2002, this servide is temporarily not available.
Last revised 18 Dec 2002 (JH).
GeneralInternet and Chinese Studies Resources (Bick-har Yeung, Library, East Asian Coll., Univ. of Melbourne, Australia)
Resource type: Study.
Self description: "A paper [2880 words - ed.] prepared for the biennial conference of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia, 7-10 July, 1999."
Site contents: (1) What is Internet?; (2) Internet development in China; (3) Coding Systems for Chinese documents; (4) CJK Software; (5) Search engines; (6) Internet and Chinese Studies Resources (Internet Guides for Chinese/China Studies; Bibliographic databases; Online libraries; Document Delivery and Research Assistance Services; Full text databases; Book news); (7) Conclusion; (8) Bibliography.
Note: Long document (36K)!
Resource suggested via the Asian Studies WWW Monitor (24 Aug 1999) by Andrew Gosling (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Added/revised on 01 Oct 1999 (HL)
中国搜索 = Zhongsou.com (China Search Online, [China?])
Language: Chinese (GB), Chinese (Big5).
Description: Zhongsou is said to be the largest Chinese search engine. The seven major chinese portals Sina 新浪, Sohu 搜狐, NetEase 网易, TOM, 263, China.org.cn 中国网, and 3721.com reportedly now all feature search through Zhongsou. However, the portals display the search-results in different ways, sometimes there seems to be no connection at all between the portal's results. The search engine recently was strong at finding chinese news, but it also offers Web- and media-search, too. Advanced search 高级搜索 offers AND, OR, NOT boolean operators, a "site:"- and "link:"-search, a preferences 个性设置 page that can be used for combinig the indexes, and a help page. There is also a searchable discussion forum. For more information cf. an article from people.com.cn, a WWW news service by the People's Daily, at http://www.people.com.cn/GB/it/1066/2261301.html (December 23, 2003; thanks to Oliver Radtke, Heidelberg, for this information).
Site contents: Search for/within Websites, News, Regions, MP3, Maps, Flash, Business.
Added 2 Jun 2004 (MA)
Chinese Yahoo! 雅虎中文
Language: Chinese (Big5 and GB).
Description: The first major search engine providing the possibility to search in Chinese.
Added/revised on 15.06.1998 (HL)
Sohoo 搜狐 (Internet Technologies China, PR China)
Language: Chinese (GB).
Description: Modelled after Yahoo!, Sohoo is currently the most popular search engine in China for searching Chinese contents on the Web. For more background information on Sohoo please read "A 'Sino-Yahoo' Launches" (Wired News, 25.Feb.98) and "Do You Sohoo?" (Wired News, 28.Oct.98).
Added/revised on 02.11.1998 (HL)
Language: English and Chinese (GB).
Description: Server of the China Education and Research Network at the Tsinghua University (清華大學) in Beijing with links to many relevant servers in the PR China (universities, academic institutions, etc.).
China Science and Technology Network (CSTNet)
China - New Resources (University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, USA)
Description: Self description: "[A] catalog of existing resources on China. Many of the resources referenced here do not focus solely on China, but they contain valuable material or citations related to China." Site contents: Daily News on China, Taiwan & Hong Kong; General Information & Data on China, Taiwan & Hong Kong; Web Resources in The U. of Michigan Campus; Other Web Sites on China, Taiwan & Hong Kong (directory, library, database, business, commercial, new & notable); Indexes & Databases in The U. of Michigan Campus; Net Publications & Indexes on China, Taiwan, Hong Kong; Centers at the U. of Michigan; Q & A about our site & others; Search Links in 'China: New Resources'; MIRLYN, the U. of Michigan Libraries' online system. (Cited from the Asian Studies WWW Monitor May 1998).
Note: Frames capable browser needed!
Added/revised on 02.06.1998 (HL)
Contents: General; News & Media; Business; Internet; Govt & Law; Education; Culture; Travel; People & Places; Entertainment; Computer
China Studies Homepage
Language: Some parts in English, some in Chinese (GB).
Description: Offers links to news media, journals and databanks both in English and in Chinese.
Chinese Studies WWW Virtual Library
"The Chinese Studies Page under the East Asian Collection homepage is now renamed to Chinese Studies WWW Virtual Library. The page is newly reconstructed and subdivided into 28 broad subject categories mainly in arts and humanities areas. It supports the research and teaching programs of the University of Melbourne and also the collection development of the Chinese Collection of the University of Melbourne Library." (Cited from the Asian Studies WWW Monitor, Jan. 1997).
"The site largely repackages information already available from other online guides to Chinese Studies. Also, despite its name, it is not [...] a part of the official WWW Virtual Library Project managed by the W3C at MIT, USA" - T. Matthew Ciolek.
Nevertheless: a still very useful page with a wealth of interesting links.
Friends and Partners China
Language: Englsih, Chinese (GB).
Description: Site contains: Culture; Commerce; Community; Education; Environment; Exchange; Funding; General; Life; News; Services; Science; Travel.
Added/revised on 08.08.98
Yahoo - Regional: Countries: China
Provinces & RegionsYahoo - China: Provinces, Regions, and Municipalities
Added/revised on 08.08.98
Minority AreasEastern Turkestan WWW Virtual Library (Abdulrakhim Aitbayev, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado, USA)
Description: This site is part of the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library and provides access to on-line resources on Eastern Turkestan (i.e. the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China 新疆維吾爾自治區). Site contents: News; Pictures; Map; History; Politics; Education; Music; Poetry; Travel; ET Links.
Added 04 Nov 1998 (HL), last revised 08 Jan 2003 (JH).
Introduction to Uyghur Culture and History (Nathan Light, University of Toledo, OH, USA)
Self description: "On the web it is difficult to get accurate information about Uyghur history and culture. This page is an online introduction to Uyghur history and culture, and to my research on the politics of Uyghur musical history. Many of the sources I have linked here are biased presentations, either assuming with the Chinese that what they call the Xinjiang (meaning "New Territory") Uygur Autonomous Region was always a part of China, or presenting the Uyghur nationalist view that there should be a separate Uyghur state. This makes these interesting materials to read, but highly rhetorical. The Xinjiang region is neither purely Uyghur, nor historically a part of China. [...] I have created this page in order to help non-Uyghurs to go beyond limited ideas about Uyghur culture and history based in popularized archeology and romanticized travel accounts, towards a deeper recognition of the Uyghurs' rich cultural traditions that endure despite present political difficulties and economic changes."
Site contents: (1) Basic Information Sources (Maps; Satellite Images; Online Databases; Uyghur Language; Unicode Google Searches); (2) News Sources; (3) Uyghur Culture (Music, Films, Art, Literature); (4) Activist and Nationalist Sites and Analysis; (5) Politics of history, especially lingering racist mythologies; (6) Travel and Photographs; (7) Bibliographies on Uyghur History, Literature and Culture; (8) Photos of Uyghur Life, Art and Material Culture.
Resource suggested by Jan Rosseel, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Added 10 Oct 2004 (HL)
CitiesYahoo - China: Cities
Added/revised on 08.08.98
Very extensive guide to Shanghai, including the following topics: Airlines; Art Gallery; Business; City Life; Contact Us; Hotels; Nightlife; Phonebook; Residents Info; Restaurants; Tales of Old S...; Time; Tourist Info; Weather; and What's On.
"With daily news, picture gallery, tourist attractions, business info, telephone book and more ...".
Added/revised on 08.08.98
Hong KongHong Kong WWW Virtual Library
Maintained by InTechTra, HK, this site is part of the World-Wide Web Virtual Library Project and keeps track of leading information facilities for the Hong Kong section of the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library hosted at the Australian National University.
Timway Hong Kong Search Engine 添達香港搜索器
Language: Chinese (Gif), English.
Description: A search index supporting both English and Chinese searches. Also includes a Yahoo! like subject index. All entries are bilingual.
Added/revised on 29.09.1998 (HL)
WWW Servers in Hong Kong
This is a list of most of the WWW-sites in Hong Kong (universities, news & media, etc.), provided by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (香港中文大學).
TibetTibet WWW Virtual Library, ANU, Australia
Maintained by T. M. Ciolek, this site is part of the World-Wide Web Virtual Library Project and keeps track of leading information facilities for the Tibet section of the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library hosted at the Australian National University.
SAARC - the SouthAsian Search Engine
Description: Supplied note: "Over 300 different categories, related to almost any issue and topic covering India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet Afghanistan, Bhutan & Maldives etc." (Cited from the Asian Studies WWW Monitor Aug. 1998).
Added/revised on 19.08.1998 (HL)
蕃薯藤台灣網際網路索引 YamWeb Navigator - The Taiwan Index
Language: Chinese (Big5), English.
Description: One of the most comprehensive WWW indices for Taiwan. This site is modelled after the Yahoo search index.
Note: There is a mirror at http://hinet.yam.org.tw/b5/yam/ which is considerably faster.
Added/revised on 07.10.1998 (HL)
Macau WWW Virtual Library (Robert Eng, Dept. of History, Univ. of Redlands, Redlands, CA, USA)
Self description: "This page is a part of the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library and of its specialist subsection, the East Asia WWW Virtual Library. It is also a page from an annotated directory of Internet resources on East and Southeast Asia hosted by the Asian Studies Program of the University of Redlands."
Description: At last a page that through well annotated links gives access to substantial on-line information on Macau. Robert Eng earned an M.A. in Asian Studies and a Ph.D. in history at the University of California at Berkeley. He is now Professor of History at the University of Redlands.
Site contents: (1) The 1999 Handover; (2) General Information; (3) News Media; (4) Government Offices; (5) Political & Social Issues; (6) Business & Economy; (7) History & Culture.
Added/revised on 30 Sep 1999 (HL)
South China SeaSouth China Sea WWW Virtual Library (David Rosenberg, Middlebury College, VT, USA)
Self description: "An online resource for scholars and policy-makers interested in South China Sea regional development, environment, and security issues."
Description: The South China Sea WWW VL (est. 29 Apr 1999) is an official part of the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library. David Rosenberg is Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College, Vermont, USA.
Site contents: (1) Why A South China Sea website?; (2) Register New SCS Resources; (3) Online Publications & Databases; (4) Maps & Images; (5) E-journals; (6) Specialized Links; (7) Print Bibliography; (8) Institutions: Governmental, NGO's, Maritime Agreements.
Resource suggested via the Asian Studies WWW Monitor (10 May 1999) by David Rosenberg (email@example.com).
Added/revised on 10 May 1999 (HL)
SingaporeSingapore WWW Virtual Library (Suzanne McMahon, Library, Univ. of California at Berkeley, USA)
Description: This site is part of the World-Wide Web Virtual Library Project and keeps track of leading information facilities for the Singapore section of the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library hosted at the Australian National University. Site contents: Mass Media; Politics; Business & Economy; History; Society & Culture; Academic Institutions; Libraries; E-Journals; Booksellers & Publishers; Other Guides to Singapore.
Added/revised on 30.12.1998 (HL)
Description: "The Singapore InfoMap is Singapore's Homepage on the Internet. Here, you will find an introduction to Singapore, as well as the most comprehensive index of Singapore websites." That's what I would say, too. Contains: Today's Headlines (from The Strait Times and the Business Times); Information on Singapore; The Arts; Business & Finance; Community & Social; Culture & Heritage; Education; Government of Singapore; Health; Leisure & Entertainment; News & Media; Research & Development; Sports & Recreation.
Description: "This site is dedicated to indexing Singapore-related websites. Much effort has been put into making the list comprehensive as well as up-to-date" (letter to the editor, March 11, 1997).
TechnoFIND (TechnoBiz Ventures, Singapore)
Description: Self description: "Largest resource and search engine on Singaporean Websites (non-personal). Updated daily."
Added/revised on 08.08.98
Annotated List of Singapore Web Servers (NUS, Singapore)
Last revised 08 Jan 2003 (JH).
Southeast Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library (IIAS, Leiden, Netherlands)
This site is part of the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library and covers the Southeast Asian region as a whole as well as the following countries and regions: Brunei; Burma; Cambodia; East Timor; Indonesia; Laos; Malaysia; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; Vietnam.
URL of this page: http://www.sino.uni-heidelberg.de/igcs/igguides.htm
URL of main page: http://www.sino.uni-heidelberg.de/igcs/index.html