UC Berkeley Resources

East Asian Library (EAL)
EAL houses a comprehensive research collection of materials in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Manchu, Mongolian, and Tibetan. Founded in 1898, the library includes more than 700,000 bound volumes and serials, and is expanding at the rate of 12,000 volumes annually.

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)
The Center for Chinese Studies is the largest and most active research unit within the Institute of East Asian Studies. Established in 1957 with funding from the Ford Foundation and the State of California, the Center's mission is to coordinate and support the study of contemporary China on the Berkeley campus.

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)
The Institute of East Asian Studies was established in 1978 to augment the established instructional and research programs by promoting research on the histories, cultures and contemporary affairs of East Asia. The Institute brings together the major East Asian programs on campus, including the Centers for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Studies, the Group in Asian Studies, the East Asia National Resource Center, and the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies.

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC)
Berkeley's Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures traces its history to 1872 when Edward Tompkins, one of the founders of the University of California, presented the new university with its first endowed chair, the Agassiz Professorship of Oriental Languages and Literatures. Currently, the department offers a large number of language, literature, and culture courses on China, Japan, and Korea.

The Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI)
The Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative was formed at UC Berkeley in 1997. This long-term project involves the creation of a global database network. Each database represents the findings of small, collaborative teams working on specific themes. By integrating such historical and cultural data into a single interface, ECAI combines GIS software and TimeMap technology to form a digital and interactive global atlas.