Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Dragon Shield- A Dedication to Robert A. Burton

On November 6, 1991, the family of Robert A. Burton dedicated a Chinese dragon shield (pictured above), and a memorial plaque to the University of Kansas. Professor Burton was the director of the Eastern Civilization Program at the University of Kansas from 1962 until 1977.

Robert A. Burton was born February 16, 1922. From 1943 to 1946, Burton served in the United States Navy and earned the rank of Lieutenant. For the next 16 years following his service, Burton took on many different roles, some of which included working as a United Press correspondent for Shanghai and Peking, writing for the United States Information Service in Hong Kong, working as an ABC Hong Kong correspondent, and serving as a fellow for the American Universities Field Staff. After joining the University of Kansas, Burton took one year of leave in the early 1970s to serve in Washington D.C. as the executive director of Citizens to Change U.S. China Policy, a group advocating for policy that mirrored the goals adopted by the Nixon Administration. In his lifetime, Professor Burton was also vice president of distribution at a Hong Kong film company, a guest lecturer at NATO Defense College in Paris, and a lecturer on China at universities such as Harvard, Dartmouth, Brown, and California Institute of Technology, among many other accomplishments. Robert Burton passed away on December 10, 1987.

During the dedication of the shield and plaque, Professor Burton’s adopted son, Richard Kramer, said, “We feel this gift symbolizes our father’s passion for the Orient and particularly his love of China.” The shield and plaque are currently displayed on the fifth floor of Watson Library.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Cultural Differences Database Added

A web page has been added that documents observations about life in China. This info graphic depicts cultural differences regarding "respect." Other themes, including politics, transportation, and family, can be found on the "Cultural Differences" page of the Mandarin Chinese Language Guide at 

"It is important to remember that there are more differences between individuals than between different cultures. The following is a collection of generalizations that are helpful to know but certainly do not apply to every single person, place, or situation. China is a large country and customs are different among different people, places, and ethnic groups."

* The language guide on the website was created by KU linguistic anthropology graduate student, Laura Searcy.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Study Abroad Impact Interview Series: Culture Shock: A Challenge Turned Chance With Gentry Toman

Gentry Toman talks about her experiences studying abroad in a new interview by the Center for East Asian Studies, now available for viewing on KU ScholarWorks (

AbstractRecent University of Kansas graduate, Gentry Toman, explains the ups and downs of studying abroad in Xi'an, China and other travel destinations. The discussion includes overcoming culture shock, coming to enjoy the space outside of her comfort zone, how studying abroad impacted her life, and gaining cultural skills that helped her become a better person.

Details: Gentry Toman graduated from the University of Kansas in May of 2018 with an Anthropology B.A. and a degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Chinese Language and Literature. After going to China as a tourist in 2010 with her Chinese class, she first studied abroad in Zhengzhou through the NSLI-Y program in the summer of 2012. After that, she received a scholarship to study abroad in Xi'an through her community college in 2014, and she later received the Chinese Government Scholarship through KU to return to Xi'an for the 2016-2017 academic year. She has traveled to many other Chinese sites including Qinghai, Suzhou, Guilin, Beijing, and Kaifeng.

This interview is part of the Center for East Asian Studies Study Abroad Impact Interview Series.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Study Abroad Impact Interview Series: Gaining Independence Through Adaptation With Beth Fentress

Beth Fentress talks about her experiences studying abroad in a new interview by the Center for East Asian Studies now available for viewing on KU ScholarWorks (

AbstractRecent University of Kansas graduate, Beth Fentress, explains the ups and downs of studying abroad in Chinese cities like Shanghai, Nanjing, and Beijing. The discussion includes overcoming a language barrier, the moment she realized she felt at home in a foreign country, how studying abroad impacted her future, and gaining independence through her fourteen months of adventure.

This interview is part of the Center for East Asian Studies Study Abroad Impact Interview Series.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Trials Available! Wanfang Data (万方数据)

The Lawrence and Edwards campuses of the University of Kansas now have trial online access to six databases provided by Wanfang Data (万方数据). These trials are available on a temporary basis only. All of them have limited number of downloads during the trial period. Please use them sparingly so everyone can have a chance to test.
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The trial period ends on: May 20, 2018
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1.    Academic Conferences in China (ACIC)
The Academic Conferences in China contains full-text, abstract and other descriptive information of research outputs from national and international conferences held in China from 1983 onward.

2.   China Local Gazetteers (Post 1949)
China Local Gazetteers currently contains over 26,000 volumes of Chinese gazetteer books, covering 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. The database provides geographic and historical records of provinces, prefectures, cities and county district administration units.

3.   China Online Journals (COJ)
China Online Journals provides about 8,032 full-text journal titles published in China, covering over 90% of the core journals. It includes over 36.8 million full-text articles. With cover-to-cover display features, COJ allows readers to browse journal issues in a similar way to print.

4.   Dissertations of China (DOC)
The Dissertations of China database includes Master's theses, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral dissertations from Chinese research institutions from 1980 onward.  

5.   EPS China Data
EPS China Data provides series of statistical data on China. As of November 2017, the EPS Data Platform includes 41 statistical databases of regional and national organizations. EPS China Data has both English and Chinese versions and contains over 1.2 million basic and combined statistical indicators in time series with a yearly increment of more than 30 million numeric data. URL to Chinese version:

6.   Policies and Laws of China (PLOC)
Policies and Laws of China (PLOC)" provides information on Chinese jurisdiction, legislature, and business laws. The database holds over 761,801 records covering a range of Chinese policies, regulations and laws of both national and regional levels from 1949 onward.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

New Trial! Chaoxing Qi Kan (SuperStar journals 超星期刊)

This is the second trial of a new e-journal and newspaper product by Beijing Chaoxing (SuperStar). This product is designed for cell phone use, and these journal articles can be shared among friend groups. 

Chaoxing Qi Kan (SuperStar journals 超星期刊) (from KU IP address)

Access via:
DuXiu Knowledge Search Database ( Click on the “Chaoxing Qikan” icon from the front page.  

The trial access is available from now through May 31, 2018.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Chinese Matters: a Workshop Featuring Accomplished Students from EALC

When: Thursday, March 29, 5 pm - 6 pm
Where: Capital Federal Hall, Colloquium (Room 1010)
Free pizza for everyone.
For more information: Contact