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East Asian Studies

Explore library resources for East Asia related research.

General Sources on Diaspora/Migration

Finding Books

Tool: Catalyst (limit search to Books)
Advanced Search technique: keyword (optional) +subject ("Chinese Diaspora", or "Chinese Foreign Countries", or "Asian American")
Samples: Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Diaspora

Finding Journal Articles

Use Catalyst and limit search to Articles. 

General Primary Sources

AM Explorer (Adam Mathews collections)
AM Research Methods (a teaching tool on researching primary sources)
Gale Primary Sources (Gale Primary Sources collections)

Chinese Primary Source Collections


Sources on Asian Diaspora/Migration

General News Sources: US and West

General News Sources: International

  • Immigrations, Migrations, Refugees: Global Perspectives 1940-1996
    Translated and English-language radio and television broadcasts, newspapers, periodicals, government documents and books providing global insight on immigration in the mid-to-late 20th century.
  • Access World News Research Collection
    This comprehensive news collection is ideal for exploring issues and events at the local, regional, national and international level. With over 8,000 sources, its diverse source types include print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos. Use it to explore a specific event or to compare a wide variety of viewpoints on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people.
  • Japan Times Digital Archive
    The oldest English-language newspaper in Japan by Japanese publishers, Japan Times maintained editorial independence for much of its history, though it was used by the government as a propaganda tool for Imperial Japan during World War II. The digital archive allows you to search the full text of all issues of The Japan Times published between March 1897 and 2017.
  • South China Morning Post (HK) via Proquest 2017-present; 1993-present
  • China English News Publications via Nexis Uni, including Caixin Global via Nexis Uni 2019-current; China Daily via Nexis Uni 2002-current
  • Southeast Asian Newspapers
    Southeast Asia in the late-Nineteenth and early-Twentieth centuries was largely and violently controlled by Western colonial powers, with most of the region divided among the British, French, Dutch, Spanish, and American empires, supplanted by a brief period of Japanese colonialism following the outbreak of war in Europe and the Pacific. The post-World War II era witnessed a series of revolutions as local leaders looked to regain independence from colonial powers. Decolonization efforts spread throughout the region, alongside turmoil and bloodshed, ultimately leaving the newly independent states in charge of their own political, economic, and social pathways for the first time in decades.
  • Proquest International Newsstream


  • China, America and Pacific: Migration and Immigration
    Part of the database that covers trade and cultural exchanges between China and America, this section devotes to migration and immigration. 
  • Chinese Students Monthly Online
    The Chinese Students’ Monthly is the first magazine published by Chinese students in the United States from 1906-1931. This publication became the official organ of the enlarged Chinese student organization: The Chinese Students’ Alliance in the US. During its publication, the periodical discussed all the important movements in China during that period of time: education, social, industrial, agricultural, political, and economical, etc.
  • Densho: Japanese Internment (open access)
    Archives of Japanese internment camps. 
  • Japanese American Relocation Camp Newspapers (1942-1944)
    This collection, consisting of 25 individual titles, documents life in the internment camps.
  • Rufu Shimpo 
    Part of Global Press Archive. Rufu Shimpo is the longest running Japanese American newspaper in the United States.
  • Ancestry Library
    Ancestry Library lets you search public records for your biographical or genealogical research. Records from the US census, military, immigration, and vital records are available.
  • Ancestry Library: Chinese Exclusion Era archive (open access)

See also



Asian Language Sources

Chinese Language Sources

Japanese Language Sources