Overseas, Asian and Pacific collecting - Asian collecting

7.1 China

The highest priority historical period is the modern era after 1911. Significant works on earlier periods of China’s history which provide context to the modern period are also acquired. Works on political science, government, foreign relations, economics, law, education, social issues, geography and travel are acquired. There are extensive holdings of Chinese series (cong shu) and provincial yearbooks which are added to as new volumes are issued.

A representative sample of works on Chinese culture and the arts is acquired. Collecting areas of interest are China’s minority and indigenous groups, popular culture, topical issues and everyday life history. 

7.2 Japan

The highest priority historical period is the post-Meiji era (1868 onwards), including works on Japan’s development as a modern power in the early twentieth century, imperial expansion, military conflicts and Japan’s development as a nation in the postwar period. Works documenting Japan’s early relations with the West and foreign settlement in Japan are also acquired.

Works on Japanese politics, government, foreign relations, economics, law, education, social issues, geography and travel are acquired. The Library is a selective depository library for Japanese government publications supplied by the National Diet Library of Japan.

Collecting areas of interest are popular culture, topical issues and works documenting social movements and relations between citizens and government. 

A representative sample of works on Japanese literature and the visual arts is also acquired.

7.3 Korea

The Library collects works from and about both the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  The highest priority collecting area is contemporary history, covering the period of Japanese occupation (1910 to 1945) onwards. Attention is given to the history of relations between north and south Korea and regional strategic issues. Works on political science, government, foreign relations, economics, law, education, social issues, geography and travel are acquired.

Current works from North Korea are acquired where possible, noting restrictions on supply.

7.4 South-East Asia (excluding Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, East Timor)

Collecting from South-East Asia is strongest for Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and East Timor, which are dealt with separately below. Collecting from Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam takes place at a lower level.

As with other countries of the East Asian region, collecting focuses on the modern history and contemporary societies and cultures of South-East Asia. This includes early history, periods of colonial occupation, the post World War Two period and inter-regional developments to the present day.

Works on political science, government, foreign relations, economics, law, education, social issues and development issues are acquired. Government publications are selectively acquired.

Works on culture and the arts in South-East Asia are selectively acquired, with a lesser emphasis on works on religion and philosophy where this provides context to broader social trends.

7.5 Indonesia

The Library’s Indonesian collection is one of the best contemporary research collections in the world, built by over thirty years collecting from an acquisitions office in Jakarta. The main collecting areas of interest are government and politics, the social sciences, economics, statistics, law, education, social issues and development issues. Publications documenting relations between the central government and the regions, including ethnic minorities, are acquired.

A particular area of collecting interest is published sources documenting elections and the democratic process since 1999. These include election ephemera, posters, pamphlets and realia.

A representative selection of works on the literatures of Indonesia is acquired, emphasising the modern period and including popular as well as literary fiction. Works on and in minority languages are acquired where available. Collecting on culture and the arts focuses on traditional forms that document indigenous groups and cultural heritage. Works on non-traditional modern artists and movements in Indonesia are generally not collected.

Materials documenting popular culture and topical issues are selectively acquired.  This includes selective web archiving in areas of interest.

7.6 East Timor

The Library has taken an active interest in developing a research level collection on East Timor. The Library acquires commercially and non-commercially published books and journals, newspapers, government publications, maps and a broad range of materials representative of East Timorese society and current affairs.

Publications from East Timor are acquired almost exclusively through institutional and personal contacts as this country lacks an established book trade, and publishing output is small. For this reason, publications available in any languages will be acquired. Publications in the English and Tetum languages are generally preferred.

7.7 Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar

Areas of collecting interest from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar include government and politics, the social sciences, economics, statistics, law, education, social issues and development issues. A broad range of publications is sought documenting modern society in each of these countries.

Thai collecting has a particular focus on cremation biographies written to memorialise the dead. Publications documenting regional development, ethnic minorities and relations with neighbours are also acquired. Similar materials are sought for Cambodia and Laos.

Materials documenting popular culture and topical issues in each of these countries are selectively acquired.  A particular area of collecting interest is published sources documenting elections and the democratic process in Thailand. These sources include election ephemera, posters, pamphlets, realia and websites.

A representative selection of works on the literatures of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar is acquired. Works on minority languages are acquired. Collecting on culture and the arts focuses on traditional and indigenous cultures and arts rather than contemporary artists and movements in Thailand.

7.8 South Asia

Collecting from South Asia will be at a lower level than for Southeast Asia and will emphasise significant and current social, political, economic and cultural issues in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other countries of the South Asian region. Works which focus on subjects and topical issues of interest to Australia, and all aspects of Australia’s relations with countries of the South Asian region will be acquired.

Works on relations between the South Asian countries will be acquired. There will be discretion to acquire works on new trends and developments as they emerge over time.

The Library does not collect in the vernacular languages of India. English language publishing is collected and is supplemented by publications on the region published elsewhere in the world.