Asako I & II: Borders and the Self in Cinema

How does one know “Who am I?”  What does it mean to know “Who are you?” If the

film inspires you to study film or philosophy, the library is here to help.  Read on to find our best bets for researching directors, screenplays, and movie-making worldwide (including film streaming services to watch on your laptop) or try some books online or on paper.

Be sure to read Simone de Beauvoir’s introduction to The Second Sex  (2 copies on 4F at HQ1190 .S42 1997) and Dejima and Gilbreath’s chapter, “Tsunamis and Earthquakes in Japanese Literature” in Japan after 3/11: Global Perspectives on the Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Meltdown.

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History can be a fascinating lens to study every facet of life.  History of science brings alive the changes in scientific thinking.  History of literature follows the development of stories, plot devices, formats, and distribution.  Studying history helps us find the facts inside folklore.  If you are inspired to research start with these resources.  Then follow up with a librarian, in person on 4F or online.

Mickey Mouse Monopoly. 52 mins.  Media Education Foundation. 2014

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts.  Maxine Hong Kingston. Vintage, 1989.  Shanghai CT275.K5764 A33 1989

The Mouse that Roared: Disney and the end of Innocence.  Henry Giroux and Grace Pollock. Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.

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NYU Shanghai Special Collection Website Has Launched

Thanks to the Library Archive Working Group, we are glad to invite you to explore our newly built website of the NYU Shanghai Special Collection.
The Special Collection will continuously focus on archiving materials unique to NYU Shanghai community.  The records (posters and video recordings) of previous events held in NYUShanghai are currently available on the Special Collection website.
Besides, the working group is collecting the materials related to the University history currently. We are also open to the discussions on donating other related materials.
* Please note the website is only accessible on campus or via VPN off-campus.For any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact

The NYUSH Special Collection Guide Video highlights the general practices of using the website.

Library Closed on Mid-Autumn Festival and National Holiday

Dear Faculty, Student and Staff,

During Mid-Autumn Festival, NYU Shanghai Library will be closed from Sep. 22 to 24. We will resume regular service hours on Tuesday, Sep 25th.

And during National Holiday, we will close from Sep. 29 to Oct. 3 and resume regular service hours on Thursday, Oct 4th.

For research assistance in the meantime, please email librarians in NYC at, or use the chat widget on the library website.

Hope you enjoy the holidays!

NYU Shanghai Library

I Sidet: Forced Exile

I Sidet: Forced Exile introduces us to internally displaced persons and those who have crossed international borders, becoming refugees. Feminist perspectives and critical assessment of non-governmental organizations are also explored in this film. Religion and location also play a part. If any of these topics inspire you as research topics in class, explore some of the following books available on the fourth floor or electronically.

China’s homeless generation: voices from the veterans of the Chinese Civil War, 1940s-1990s
Fan, Joshua • 2011; Routledge                                                                                                  book jacketNYU Shanghai Library (China) Main Collection (DS777.542 .F36 2011)

Contesting feminisms: gender and Islam in Asia              Ahmed Ghosh, Huma • 2015; SUNY Press



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What sort of cities have you lived in before?  What do you hope cities will offer in your lifetime?

After watching Anthropocene and listening to the discussion, the following books and resources can help you further explore opinions and opportunities for research.  If you don’t know which topics might be relevant, visit Oxford Bibliographies and search Anthropocene.  The results run the gamut from Conservative Biogeography to Common World Childhoods, Paleolimnology to Water Availability.  Whenever you are starting a new research topic, these bibliographies offer a short introduction explaining the leading arguments and variety of viewpoints.  Ask a librarian for help to “Find this resource”–sometimes the links break, but we can find another path.

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Welcome Message from Library Director

Dear Students,

Welcome back!

This summer, we made several changes in the library to make it a better space for your study and research needs.


We can never have enough seats in the library for everyone, but we have made finding a seat in the library easier. Save My Spot can help you

  • keep your seat for 30 mins without having to remove all personal belongings when you go on a short break

  • identify available seats held by unattended belongings and give you the right to take the seat.

Check out the video or ask at the library desk on how to use this sleek tool in NYU Shanghai Wechat.


Get help or do-it-yourself, it’s your choice!The library’s new self check-out machine will help you reduce wait time during rush hours at the circulation desk.


The library installed a new sliding door to block out noise from other floors. Please also note that swipe access has now been enabled to entering and exiting Academic Commons after service hours.


  • 8 new high-end virtual PCs with 27″ 4K monitors in Academic Commons

  • Run everything from Adobe Premier to MatLab, Mathematica and more

  • Comes with excellent processing and graphics capability running Nvidia Grid graphics directly from our data center

  • Fast response times with upgraded 5G Wifi and LAN connections


Xiaojing Zu

Library Director


Library systems go offline July 10 starting at 7:30 PM

Due to system maintenance, several library systems will be unavailable starting at 7:30 PM (local time in Shanghai, China) on July 10. The affected systems include the library catalog (BobCat), book requests, e-journals, databases, Interlibrary loan and ebooks. The Libraries’ Status Page ( will have the most up-to-date information about the system status during the outage.

We expect systems will be down until approximately 5 AM (in Shanghai, China) on July 11. We apologize for any inconvenience. As always, please contact Ask a Librarian if you have any questions or concerns.

Library Closed During Dragon Boat Festival

Dear faculty, student, and staff,

NYU Shanghai Library’s collection and services will be closed from June 16-18. It will reopen on June 19. Electronic resources are available 24/7.

For research assistance in the meantime, please email librarians in NYC at, or use the chat widget on the library website.

Hope you have a wonderful Dragon Boat Festival!

NYU Shanghai Library