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Bernard Fall: A Soldier of War in Europe, A Scholar of War in Asia

Over the last fifty years, a lack of analysis on Bernard B. Fall (1926-1967) and his scholarship has been a significant gap in the historiography on the First Indochina War (1946-1954) and the Second Indochina War (1955-1975).  Since the Vietnam War ended, the failure to recognize how military force cannot compensate for the lack of a politically attainable goal remains prevalent.  As Fall once remarked, “A U.S. Marine can fly a helicopter better than anyone else, but he cannot give a Vietnamese farmer an ideology to believe in.”  In much the same way, a Russian pilot will not be able to convince Ukrainians that political reconciliation is possible.  Rather, Russia’s unprovoked invasion has made its political legitimacy impossible to maintain – even through far-reaching propaganda – with every passing day that Russia continues to destroy the Ukrainian people and their country. 

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CfP: Articles for Asia in Focus

Asia in Focus has found a new home at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University! After several years of expert management at the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies, Copenhagen University, the journal has moved across the Öresund to Sweden.
Asia in Focus is a peer-reviewed journal published online twice a year by the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University. The focal point of the journal is modern Asian societies viewed from the standpoints of social sciences and humanities. The geographical focus is Central Asia to Oceania excluding Australia and New Zealand.

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New e-books on the AsiaPortal

We are happy to announce that 13 new book titles from NIAS Press are now available to NNC member institutions on the AsiaPortal. The titles are recently published and cover a variety of topics from domestic and international politics, religion, anthropology, gender and literature in Southeast Asia and East Asia.

Also in the e-books collection and available for the NNC institutions you will find five titles on chinese literature (in Chinese), of which the last is a study of Zhang Ailing’s time in Hong Kong.

Check out the new books, and our old books, here

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About AsiaPortal

The AsiaPortal was established in 2006 by the Library and Information Center of NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS LINC) as a common Nordic resource for academic information on Asia and as a platform for information sharing within the Nordic Asian studies community. The content on the portal is provided by NIAS Library, the Nordic NIAS Council (NNC) member institutions […]

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InFocus blog

In Focus is a forum for discussions on up-to-date topics in Asia featured in the Asia Portal’s In Focus section. We welcome well-written contributions from MA and PhD students, researchers and other experts on Asian subjects.

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Historical newspapers collection

E-resource of the month

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In the e-resources collection you will now find three new collections of historical newspapers from China , South and Southeast Asia. They hold local and national newspapers published int the period from the middle of 19th century to the 1970s. The newspapers have been made freely available as open access titles on the East View homepage and thanks to support from thanks to support from the Center for Research Libraries and its member institutions.

Late Qing and Republican-Era Newspapers (292 titles)

South Asian Newspapers (9 titles)

Southeast Asian Newspapers (125 titles)

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Recent Nordic Asia Podcasts

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23. Sep 2022 / 27 min

“Riding the Wild Horse in Chinese Literature”: Translation and Research on “Jin Ping Mei”

A conversation with Vibeke Børdahl. Hosted by Julia Heinle.

What is the oral tradition of Chinese storytelling about and what is the connection to the great Chinese novels? How to translate a Chinese classic such as the famed and defamed “Jin Ping Mei”? And how to handle the dilemma of steering one’s boat between enormous amounts of scholarship on the novel without drowning, and […]

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16. Sep 2022 / 27 min

Transcendence and Sustainability: Asian Visions with Global Promise

A conversation with Mette Halskov Hansen, Amita Baviskar and Lu Chen. Hosted by Kenneth Bo Nielsen.

Can spiritually and religiously inspired environmental movements in Asia help reach the global goal of environmental sustainability? This question lies at the heart of the research project “Transcendence and Sustainability: Asian Visions with Global Promise” that we focus on in this episode. Also known as TRANSSUSTAIN, the project builds on the observation that scholars, activists, […]

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A Nordic Hub for Asian Studies

NIAS - the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies - is an academically independent Nordic research and resource center, focusing on modern Asia from a predominantly social sciences perspective. NIAS is an integrated part of the University of Copenhagen with the status of a centre under the Department of Political Science.
NNC- the Nordic NIAS Council is a body that actively works to support and strengthen Asian studies in the Nordic region and presently consists of 23 Nordic universities and research institutions in all five Nordic countries. The aims of the NNC are to further Nordic Asian studies by pooling resources and establishing mutual cooperation in developing research, as well as the organization of conferences, seminars and Asia-related educational programmes in the Nordic region. In particular, it works to promote synergy between the activities at the NNC member institutions and NIAS.

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Special Collections

The AsiaPortal’s Special Collections is an assemblage of information on physical or digital special collections at libraries in the Nordic Countries affiliated with the NNC.Under each country, you can find a description of the collection and, if available, direct links to various materials such as catalogs, manuscripts, and image collections as well as contact information […]

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Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies (TRCCS)

On 16 may 2018 the Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies (TRCCS) was officially inaugurated at the TORS Center of Knowledge at the Southern Campus of the University of Copenhagen. TRCCS is the result of a cooperation agreement between the National Central Library of Taiwan (NCL) on the one hand and Department of Cross-cultural and […]

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Bambu

The Nordic Asia Podcast

The Nordic Asia Podcast is a podcast series in which experts share their insights about timely topics within Asian Studies. The series is co-hosted by the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) and its partner institutions: the Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Turku, Asianettverket at the University of Oslo and the Stockholm Centre for Global Asia at Stockholm University.

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