Encyclopedias: East Asian Studies

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Berkshire Encyclopedia of China [Rutgers Restricted]
Subtitled Modern and Historic Views of the World's Newest and Oldest Global Power the encyclopedia covers such diverse topics as "arts, belief systems, business, communications, cuisines, demographics, education, law and politics, leadership, minority groups, natural disasters, natural resources, regional and international relations, social welfare, technology, and the changing roles of women." Electronic version of the 5 volume print resource.

Brill’s Encyclopedia of China Online [Rutgers Restricted]
Focuses "on the modern period from the mid-nineteenth century to the 21st century," and includes information on the history, geography, society, economy, politics, science, and culture of China.

Country Studies: Area Handbook Series
Searchable versions of the Handbooks published by the Library of Congress and sponsored by the Department of the Army. Most books in the series deal with a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its political; economic; social; and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they're shaped by cultural factors.

Encyclopedia of Modern Asia [Rutgers Restricted]
"Historical articles emphasize people, places, events, and developments that have had a lasting influence on Asia. Articles also cover Asian relations with Western nations, the relations between nations within Asia, and also the flow of people, goods, and ideas within Asia and globally. Electronic version of the 6 volume print resource."

Ethnic American Literature: An Encyclopedia for Students [Rutgers Restricted]
Seeks to offer a comprehensive yet concise introduction to ethnic authors, topics, texts and traditions with an emphasis on four major ethnic groups: Native American, Asian American, African American, and Latina/o.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes regional overviews, with surveys of musical heritage, traditions and themes, as well as descriptions of specific musical genres, practices, and performances. Electronic version of the 10 volume print resource.

Myth Encyclopedia
Covers myths and legends from around the world, encompassing North and South America, Africa and Asia, and the Pacific islands, with links between related articles. Based on the Thomson Gale print publication, Myths and Legends of the World.

Reference Guide to World Literature [Rutgers Restricted]
"Contains biographical and critical essays on authors from throughout the world, as well as essays covering specific work or works of an author, with criticism and analysis of those works." Electronic version of the 2 volume 3rd edition of the print resource.

Street Food Around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides "an overview of the world's street food by country or region including both places where such food is common and those where it plays a less important role."

World Factbook
From the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the Factbook includes maps and detailed information on the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for countries worldwide.