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Aibai Archieve & Library

  1. 1. Jiang Hui Charles Damien Lu, PhD. Aibai Culture & Education Center (ACEC) Information Clearinghouse for Chinese Speaking Gay & Lesbian(ICCGL) May 9th, New York <ul><ul><ul><li>ALMS CONFERENCE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New Yok, 8-10 May 2008 </li></ul></ul></ul>Aibai LGBT Library/Archive
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>The Growing Up of Aibai </li></ul><ul><li>Aibai Library/Archive </li></ul><ul><li>LGBT Scholarship in China </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Future Plan </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Growing Up of Aibai History Personal web presence for a gay couple, 1998
  4. 4. The Growing Up of Aibai Public information page for world-wide Chinese speaking LGBT, 1999
  5. 5. The Growing Up of Aibai History Transformation from web only to combination of web and community support organization, 2003
  6. 6. The Growing Up of Aibai Current Situation <ul><ul><ul><li>Web site continues to be one of the most important LGBT Chinese language sites, voted “Most Favorite Local Site” by 2007. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Operate two centers, Beijing and Chengdu. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide technical support to grassroots groups, particularly campus groups. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><ul><ul><li>Provide technical support to grassroots groups, particularly campus groups. </li></ul></ul></ul>The Growing Up of Aibai Current Situation
  8. 8. <ul><ul><ul><li>Actively involved in policy advocacy. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Promote research and information sharing </li></ul></ul></ul>The Growing Up of Aibai Current Situation
  9. 9. Library/Archive: History <ul><li>Collection began in 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Physical location 2005 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Library/Archive: Collecions <ul><li>Books published in China: 700 </li></ul><ul><li>Books published in Taiwan and Hong Kong: 300 </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign language books: 150 </li></ul><ul><li>Periodicals/Brochures: 900 </li></ul><ul><li>Audio/Video: 400 </li></ul><ul><li>First hand original manuscripts/notes </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic </li></ul><ul><li>Posters, etc </li></ul>
  11. 11. Library/Archive: Collecions <ul><li>Books published in Taiwan and Hong Kong </li></ul>
  12. 12. Library/Archive: Collecions <ul><li>First hand original manuscripts/notes </li></ul>
  13. 13. Library/Archive: Usage <ul><li>Opening to the public. </li></ul><ul><li>Access to researchers by arrangement. </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic digest. </li></ul>
  14. 14. LGBT Scholarship in China: Disconnect <ul><li>Before </li></ul><ul><li>During </li></ul><ul><li>After </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Information without context </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Information without peer review </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Depth </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. LGBT Scholarship in China: Gaps <ul><li>Psychology and Sexual Psychology. </li></ul><ul><li>Sexuality </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual minority sub cultures. </li></ul>
  16. 16. LGBT Scholarship in China: Translation/Introduction <ul><li>Low Quantity </li></ul><ul><li>Low Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of selection and editorial comments </li></ul>
  17. 17. LGBT Scholarship in China: Difficulty in Publication <ul><li>Censorship </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Copy Right Issues </li></ul>
  18. 18. Importance of LGBT Library/Archive <ul><li>To General LGBT Readership </li></ul><ul><li>Tradition of reverence for “Book Knowledge”. </li></ul><ul><li>Source for understanding sexuality and self-identity. </li></ul><ul><li>Elevate feeling of loneliness and helplessness </li></ul><ul><li>To LGBT Scholars </li></ul><ul><li>Source of academic information. </li></ul><ul><li>Focal point of information exchange </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>To General Scholars </li></ul><ul><li>Source of general information on sexuality </li></ul><ul><li>Cross disciplinary research (Law, sociology, anthropology, folk lore, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Popular Science </li></ul><ul><li>Sex education in high schools and colleges. </li></ul><ul><li>Society at large </li></ul>Importance of LGBT Library/Archive
  20. 20. Achievements <ul><li>Fostering a generation of LGBT with healthy self-identity and distinct culture. </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate LGBT activists </li></ul>
  21. 21. Achievements <ul><li>Disseminate ideas throughout Chinese society. </li></ul><ul><li>Helping fledgling LGBT studies. </li></ul><ul><li>Counter attack on superstition and ignorance. </li></ul><ul><li>Fighting foreign fundamentalist encroachment. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Challenges <ul><li>Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Source of original material. </li></ul><ul><li>Logistics in translation </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties in publishing (Rights, resources, etc). </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties in importing </li></ul><ul><li>Need for an appropriate indexing system. </li></ul><ul><li>Need for greater opening to the public (lack of material and human resources). </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of academic exchange </li></ul>
  23. 23. Future Plans <ul><li>Expand acquisition sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish collaborative relationships with similar entities. </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation with academic and research institutions. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage donations. </li></ul><ul><li>Digitizing and web enabling. </li></ul><ul><li>Oral History Data Base. </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese LGBT Encyclopedia. </li></ul><ul><li>Anthologies of historical document prior to 1840, and contemporary LGBT material. </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><ul><ul><li>Thank You! </li></ul></ul></ul>