RCL: Subjects
ASIAN HISTORY, LANGUAGES, AND LITERATURES The Asian History, Languages, and Literatures section is primarily intended to reflect the needs of college course offerings and academic fields of study classified under "Asian Studies." Asia in this case is South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Kampuchea, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam), East Asia (China, Japan, Korea), and Central Asia (Mongolia, Tibet). Asian studies generally entails language and literature along with history, and increasingly, cultural studies. Religion is touched on only as a part of history or culture, not as a topic in its own right. Similarly, titles on geopolitical issues are only included if they are primarily about Asia, not comparative government or international relations (see the Political Science section for such titles). Titles on the Asian Diaspora are only included if they focus mainly on Asian culture, history or language and are not considered part of Asian-American studies. The section is organized as many undergraduate courses are organized: by regions and by general themes or time periods. With a few exceptions, only titles in English are listed. Some works not necessary for general readers have been included because they are essential for upper level course offerings. Others are accessible to readers at any level but deal with specialized topics. Some classic works are retained not because they are still definitive, but because there is no replacement for them as entry points. Primary sources, reference works, and standard series are given preference, as they are likely to be of lasting value. We have not listed many books on current events unless they seem to have joined core reading lists. Return to Subject List