The National Mission for Manuscripts was established in February 2003, by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India. The Mission seeks to unearth and preserve the vast manuscript wealth of India. The country possesses an estimate of five million manuscripts, probably the largest collection in the world, which constitute the 'memory' of India's history, heritage and thought. These manuscripts lie scattered across the country and beyond, in numerous institutions as well as private collections, often unattended and undocumented. The National Mission for Manuscripts aims to locate, document, preserve and render these accessible -- to connect India's past with its future, its memory with its aspirations. This is Kritisampada, the National Database of Manuscripts of India.
We have just received (on surface mail) the Newsletter for Research in Chinese Studies, 110 (May 2009 - vol. 28, no. 2), a hard copy quarterly published by the Center for Chinese Studies (CCS).
It is written in Chinese with subtitles in English. It contains articles, interviews, and regular updates on the happenings in the worldwide community of Chinese studies.
This issue includes: Special Feature (Rationale and Plans for National Central Library's 2009 Year of Service) Summary of Research (papers by Yang Wei-chen, Wei Lei and Wang Baosheng, Kang Kai-lin), Researchers of Chinese Studies Scholars (paper by Liu Ruomei); International Sinology (paper by Jack W. Chen); Book Review; Introduction of Materials; Conference Reports; News from Academia.
This is the complete catalog of the publications of the Center for Chinese Studies (in Chinese).
We have just received the Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies, vol. 9, no. 1, a research publication on Sinology written in English. It is published by the Academy of East Asian Studies of Sungkyun University.
This issue includes a special session, edited by Miyajima Hiroshi, on the topic “The nationalistic and Global Progress of East Asia in 1919 (three papers). It also includes three articles, “American Media Coverage of the Assassination of Durham White Stevens”, by Brandon Palmer; “Proletarian-Amateur Theatre: Political Performativity and its Memory”, by Seung-hee Lee; and Anti-Christian Ideas and National Ideology: Inoue Enryo…” by Kiri Paramore, and a book review.
Deep Rivers: Selected Writings on Tamil Literature, by François Gros. Translated from French by M. P. Boseman. Edited by Kannan M., Jennifer Clare, IFP / Tamil Chair, DSSEAS, University of California (Berkeley), IFP - Publications Hors série n° 9, 2009, xxxviii, 519 p. Language: English. Price: 800 Rs (35 €) ISBN: 978-81-8470-172-2.
The book is undoubtedly excellent, like most books published by the French Institute of Pondicherry, but I note that the price of Indian publications is almost equivalent to that of European publications. Until a few years ago books in India were much cheaper.