Within the vast body of literature on Asia held by the Asia Collection at the University of Hawaii are fascinating images related to opium usage in Asia. These images are a visual record of the impact opium has had on Asian peoples during certain historical times.
We are digitizing photographs, drawings, and paintings in books published from the early 20th century and before. We hope that the website will give its viewers a visual image of Asia and provide for students a resource which will enrich their study of Asia and its people.
Images are arranged by topic related to opium. Clicking on the topic at the left will bring up thumbnails of illustrations related to that topic. Clicking on the thumbnail will bring up a larger image. Metadata related to each image accompanies the larger image.
This website is an ongoing project led by interns from the University of Hawaii School of Library and Information Science.