Chinese New Year/Spring Festival celebrations start today, February 19, 2015, and end on March 5, 2015. It’s confusing whether 2015 is the Year of the Sheep, Goat, or Ram because the character “羊” means “horned animal”. It could also be the Year of the Antelope! 🙂 Let’s celebrate anyway!
If you’re in a serious research frame of mind, you can celebrate by checking out what we have in our Chinese law collection, including our databases. Books, journals and other law-related materials are located in the D’Angelo Law Library and in the Chinese Studies collection at Regenstein’s East Asian Library. We subscribe to ChinaLawInfo/LawInfoChina, Westlaw China, and Wangfang Data: Policies and Laws of China (PLOC).
For fun, check out the movies in our law library DVD Collection! We have all three Infernal Affairs action flicks.
We also own Farewell My Concubine (recommended by our LL.M.s), The Story of Qiu Ju, China: From the Inside, The People’s Court, and other movies made in China and about China.
The University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) has a film library comprising over 5,000 titles from China, Japan, and Korea. You can browse their online film catalog. The Film Library is at Judd Hall, Room 302. It’s open Mon-Fri. 11:30am-4:30pm. Current University of Chicago students, faculty, and staff members can borrow films.
If you don’t have a movie in mind and like romantic comedies, I’m told by Jiaxun Wu, Chinese Studies Librarian, that If You Are the One = 非誠勿擾 (2008) is great. Check it out!
You can also visit the “Chinese New Year Paintings Held in the Shanghai Library” exhibit located on the 5th floor of Regenstein Library. Hurry! It closes on February 28, 2015.
If you want to celebrate by going to China, we also have travel guides located in the Reserve Room – China (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide, 2012), Fodor’s China (2011), and Fodor’s Beijing (2011). Thanks to Lorna Tang, our Associate Law Librarian for Technical Services, for these guides!
And this Sunday at 1pm, there’s a Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown!