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Asian Studies

This guide provides an overview of recent DVDs that may interest researchers in the Asian Studies field. Additional titles can be accessed through the library catalog; you can search by keyword, person, genre, or title.

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Suggested keywords: [country] + popular culture, civilization, artists, social conditions

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Asian Studies DVDs

Afghan Star
Showcases the wildly popular pop star series in Afghanistan.
Call Number: UMDVD 5643

Autumn Gem
Explores the life of the revolutionary heroine and women's right activist, Qiu Jin.
Call Number: UMDVD 6185

Cinema Asia: China
Examines the so-called Fifth and Sixth generations of Chinese filmmakers.
Call Number: UMDVD 6696

Cinema Asia: India
Surveys the world of Bollywood filmmaking, including interviews with directors, choreographers, and more.
Call Number: UMDVD 6991

Cinema Asia: South Korea
Studies the ways in which South Korean films have changed over the decades.
Call Number: UMDVD 6697

The Complete Lady Snowblood
A young woman, trained as an assassin and hellbent on revenge, hacks and slashes her way to gory satisfaction.
Call Number: UMDVD 9665

Cut from Different Cloth: Burqas and Beliefs
Two Americans attempt to discover why most Afghani women in Mazar-i-Sharif choose to wear the burqa.
Call Number: UMDVD 7220

Documents the story of Mukhtar Mai, who demanded justice after being subject to a brutal honor-revenge.
Call Number: UMDVD 6864

Division of Hearts
Ordinary people from Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh recount their experiences under British colonial rule.
Call Number: UMDVD 7048

Easy Like Water
Describes Mohammed Rezwan's innovative approach to problems caused by climate change and poverty in Bangladesh.
Call Number: UMDVD 7986

The Grace Lee Project
Puts a hilarious spin on the eternal question, what's in a name?
Call Number: UMDVD 2485

Great World Religions: Buddhism
Explores the tenets of Buddhism and its global relevance.
Call Number: UMDVD 8221

Haro Hara: A Pilgrimage to Kataragama Sri Lanka
Follows Tamil Hindu and Sri Lankan Vedda pilgrims as they walk the 300 km pada yatra by foot.
Call Number: UMDVD 4032

Hidden Korea
Explores the culture of the Republic of South Korea through its traditions and cuisine.
Call Number: UMDVD 6708

India's Daughter: The Story of Jyoti Singh
Details the story and ramifications of a brutal gang rape on a Delhi bus in 2012.
Call Number: UMDVD 9236

Letter to Anna: The Story of Journalist Politskovskaya's Death
Investigates the murder of journalist and outspoken Putin critic, Anna Politskovskaya.
Call Number: UMDVD 5232

Mardi Gras: Made in China
Follows the trail from New Orleans bacchanalia to Fuzhou bead factories.
Call Number: UMDVD 5787

The Missing Picture
Explores the filmmaker’s quest to recreate his family’s experiences from when the Khmer Rouge ruled over Cambodia.
Call Number: UMDVD 9695

Missing Women: Female-Selective Abortion and Infanticide
Examines the cultural, economic, and political reasons for the systematic elimination on female babies in Asia.
Call Number: UMDVD 6698

North Korea: Beyond the DMZ
Includes interviews with ordinary people and scholars of North Korea.
Call Number: UMDVD 7179

Planet of Snail
Follows the lives of poet Young-Chan Cho and his wife Soon Ho, who use touch to communicate.
Call Number: UMDVD 7377

Search for "the Afghan Girl"
Chronicles the use of cutting-edge technology to discover the identity of a famous photograph subject.
Call Number: UMDVD 8224

Sixteen Decisions
Examines the social charter of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh and its microcredit lending.
Call Number: UMDVD 6997

Software from Hard Rocks
Explores the effects of globalization on one's sense of place or home in Hyderabad.
Call Number: UMDVD 9050

Someone Else's War
Describes the life and working conditions of South/Southeast Asian workers in Iraq.
Call Number: UMDVD 6743

A State of Mind
Documents the intense athletic lead-up to the 2003 Mass Games in North Korea.
Call Number: UMDVD 8657

The Story of India
Chronicles the history of the Indian subcontinent with a focus on its diversity of peoples, cultures, and landscapes.
Call Number: UMDVD 4841

Tomorrow We Disappear
Three of Kathputli's most talented performers wrangle with the reality of their approaching eviction.
Call Number: UMDVD 9480

Transnational Tradeswomen
Demonstrates that modernization, education, and technology don't always result in gender equality.
Call Number: UMDVD 6393

Tune in Japan: Approaching Culture through Television
Discusses how geography shapes culture and how Japanese culture is reinforced and continues to evolve.
Call Number: UMDVD 6462

The World Before Her
Examines opposing cultural movements in India via the Miss India beauty contest and Hindu fundamentalist camp.
Call Number: UMDVD 7674