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Bridging Cultures: Discovering East Asia and Southeast Asia  

This guide has been created in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, Thinking Through Cultural Diversity: Bridging Cultural Differences in Asian Traditions.
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A Crossroads of Peoples and Empires


Start your research on this bustling region with an authoritative Alden Library title such as this.  Its call number is DS511 .H65 2011.


Traditions and Values Paving the Way to Hyper Modernity

This LibGuide focuses on the history and culture of East Asia and Southeast Asia.  However, researchers may find a wide selection of books in Alden Library linking the cultural values under study to the current rapid economic growth of much of the region.  Above is one example, held with call number HC427.95 .B748 2011.


Purpose of this Guide

This research guide is a collaborative effort of Alden Library and QCC professors who have received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant from the NEH's Bridging Cultures initiative.  The NEH describes this effort as

a program to advance humanities teaching at community colleges nationwide through sustained faculty and curriculum development.  Funded projects focus on the theme of Bridging Cultures, an agency-wide initiative that encourages exploration of the ways in which cultures from around the globe, as well as cultures within America's borders, have influenced American society. (

Read more about the NEH Bridging Cultures effort as it pertains to U.S. community colleges here.

QCC's grant will focus on the art, culture and literature of several East Asian and Southeast Asian societies.  Bridging Cultures at QCC will bring a wealth of activities to campus, and will leave a legacy of research materials and curricula demonstrating the importance of these fervent societies to our lives.  This guide is meant as a concise introduction to an array of resources on East- and Southeast Asia held by Alden Library and its network of partners.

The QCC grant recipients are Professor Amy Beaudry, Professor Gaelan Benway and Professor Kenneth Wong.


Using Library Databases for Unearthing Millennia of Culture

Alden Library databases offer research on the several millennia of China's art, culture, lifeways and literature.  Ask at the Reference Desk as to which of our 50+ databases - all user friendly - will best serve your purposes.  Below is one of a dozen results on the topic MING DYNASTY ART from Academic Search Premier:


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