East Asian Bookshelf

There’s a new website out there designed to showcase study materials for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. It’s called East Asian Bookshelf, and is introduced below by Dr. Li Minru:

East Asian Bookshelf

> The National East Asian Languages Resource Center (NEALRC) at the Ohio State University would like to invite you to visit the website “East Asian Bookshelf” (http://bookshelf.nealrc.org), which aims to promote teaching and learning materials in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean and to assist teachers to find quality language teaching materials available to purchase.

> This project is a collaborative effort of NEALRC, CLASS (Chinese Language Association of Secondary-elementary Schools), CLTA (Chinese Language Teachers Association), AATJ (Alliance Associations of Teachers of Japanese) and AATK (American Association of Teachers of Korean), with financial support from a Department of Education Title VI grant.

There’s a pretty advanced filter in the lefthand sidebar to help you find the types of textbooks or other materials you’re looking for. It looks to me like the filter isn’t totally working yet, but I’m sure they’ll fix it. This is looking like a pretty useful resource.


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. Absolutely useless, since you can’t download anything there, you can just find links to buy. What that for? If I want to buy book, I go to Amazon or blcup.com or even in Google. Unfortunately, there is a lack of resources allowing you to download or read online.

    • I believe the point is to introduce useful learning materials. Going to amazon or google is fine if you have a good idea about what you want but having a good list of resources is also helpful.

      I was familiar with most of the books they have for Chinese, but if I ever decided to try my hand at Japanese the East Asian Bookshelf might be somewhere I turn in the beginning.

  2. Just found your blog. I’m jealous that you’ve lived in China so long! My wife, kids and I have been here a little over four years so we’re pretty new compared to you.

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