Michigan Asian Studies Open Access Books Collection

Office of Digital Humanities

Handwritten portion of the rongo analects, written by confucius
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A portion of the Rongo Analects, written by Confucius.

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Through the Humanities Open Book program, the University of Michigan Press is making 100 significant books about Asia freely and publicly available online, in editions that use digital affordances to enrich the reading and teaching experience. These titles advance public understanding of the diversity of society, culture, and history in East, South, and Southeast Asia at a time when the region is rarely out of the headlines.

Jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Humanities Open Book Program has made outstanding out-of-print humanities books available to a wide audience. By taking advantage of low-cost “ebook” technology, the program has allowed teachers, students, scholars, and the public to read humanities books that have long been out of print.