Remarkable Acquisitions for SOAS Library’s South-East Asia Collections

By Jotika Khur-Yearn|August 10, 2015|Art and Archaeology, History, Linguistics, Literature, Religions, South East Asia|0 comments

Here’s an update and good news from SOAS Library.
We have recently purchased two remarkable acquisitions for the South-East Asia collections in the library.

1. The Papers of Lee Kuan Yew : speeches, interview and dialogues (1950-2011), comprising 19 volumes plus bibliographical references and index. All the 20 items are kept under the classmark: L. HI320 / 515961. Key features of the publication include:

  • The most comprehensive collection of various types of presentations of Lee Kuan Yew, the founding prime minister of Singapore.
  • A first-hand source for examining the thoughts of Lee over two decades (1990-2011) on a wide range of topics such as multiracial harmony, population growth, foreign talent, productivity, language education, anti-terrorism, crisis control, regional cooperation (ASEAN), relations with the United States, mainland China, Taiwan, and Japan, Hong Kong’s handover to China, and free trade agreements.
  • Rare historical photos are dispersed throughout the volumes to give readers a sense of time and place.
  • Some terms and names are annotated to help readers who are not familiar with certain content that is unique to Singapore and Southeast Asia.
  • A cumulative index to all 19 volumes (1950-1990 and 1990-2011) for convenient research.

2. Electronic Database for online version of the Journal of the Burma Research Society, 1911-1979.
The Library received recommendation from a few academics and researchers in the last few years to buy this database. Since then discussions among library staffs and negotiations with the suppliers had been going on for quite a long while. So, it is great that we are able to purchase it finally! Here’s the link to the database –  (off-campus access is available to our current members of staff and students only with their normal SOAS login)

SOAS alumni and external members of the library are entitled to access the database at the designated computers in the library.

The link for the electronic version has also been added to the library’s online catalogue record for the print version of the journal at

For more information or any help with using the database, please contact Jotika Khur-Yearn, Subject Librarian for South-East Asia at

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