Portals to the World is a starting point for studying other countries and parts of the world. Learn about the culture, economy, geography, government, history, languages, politics, religions, and other aspects of more than 150 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Along with general information, the site provides links to authoritative, in-depth information selected by area […]
Asia and Pacific Islands: Peace Corps features stories, letters, and folk tales that focus on experiences of Peace Corps volunteers in Asia and the Pacific islands. Topics include arranged marriages, learning a new language and culture, different cultural perspectives, rural Mongolian nomadic culture, cultural and economic complexities in China, learning to speak Chinese, what constitutes […]
From Silk to Oil: Cross-Cultural Connections Along the Silk Roads is a curriculum guide for exploring China’s inner Asian frontier and one of the world’s oldest and most important trade routes. The 350-page guide features five independent sections. Each examines the geography, ethnic relations and political history, exchange of goods and ideas, religions, or art […]
Morning Sun is a companion website for a documentary film that portrays a “psychological history” of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (c.1964-1976). The website provides music and films, photos and art, diaries and magazine articles, Mao Zedong’s “Little Red Book,” and other artifacts of the revolt by Chinese students and workers against bureaucrats of the […]
Selections from the Naxi Manuscript Collection features 185 manuscripts and a 39 1/2-foot funerary scroll of the Naxi people of Yunnan Province, China. This is the largest collection of Naxi writings outside of China and is considered among the finest in the world. The Naxi use a unique pictographic writing system. It is the only […]
World Treasures of the Library of Congress: Beginnings explores the creation, heaven and earth, and the founding of civilizations, all from the viewpoint of 50 cultures. 170 images and stories from Bali, China, Ethiopia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Japan, Java, Mexico, Rome, Russia, Yoruba, and elsewhere are organized around three questions: Where did the universe […]
Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Related Art contains nearly 300,000 slides and photos of Asian art and architecture. Materials are predominantly Buddhist but include Hindu, Jain, Islamic, and other works (dating back to 2500 BC). This archive is the most comprehensive collection of its kind. It includes the largest photo archive of Nepali art and […]
A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization features units on Chinese history, culture, and society. Each unit organizes photos, maps, and art around a theme: China’s geography, archaeology, religion, calligraphy, military technology, painting, homes, gardens, clothing, and the graphic arts. Questions highlight key facets of Chinese culture: Why is calligraphy highly ranked as an art form […]
Perseus Project: Digital Library on Ancient Greek and Roman Culture is an evolving digital library for the study of the ancient world. The website offers information on art and archeology, provides texts and translations, a historical overview, essays, maps, and an encyclopedia.
World Factbook provides in-depth country profiles with information on geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues. It includes maps of major regions and links to other geopolitical and geographical information.