Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

Thanks to an agreement with Project Muse and several U.S. publishers, hundreds of books and journal articles will be open access from late March to 30 June 2020 (as of posting).

There’s a lot more to view and/or download, but here are some books on Chinese history, politics, culture, and society. You may download the PDFs, but kindly observe Project Muse’s terms and conditions.

Chinese Art and Culture

International Relations


Society and Environment


Political Science

Some of these materials can be accessed for free only until 30 June 2020. Meanwhile, open access materials or those marked as “OA” can be accessed anytime. 

Project Muse is maintained by Johns Hopkins University Press and the Sheridan Libraries. Learn more about it and view other open-access publications on East Asia, China, Japan, South Asia, and the Middle East.

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The Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. The Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia.