In short

Enrich and decentre the look on the world through the kaleidoscope of cultures and languages.

L’Asiathèque, independant publishing house specialized in cultures and languages of the world offers a choice of books in fields of fiction, humanities, and language learning by remarkable authors. Literature, cinema, philosophy, spirituality, art, travel, languages. Also a bookshop in Paris 11th arrondissement.

The story of l'Asiathèque

L'Asiathèque was founded in 1973 on the initiative of Alain and Christiane Thiollier, originally as a bookstore specialized in Asian languages and cultures. Located 6 rue Christine, in the Latin Quarter, L'Asiathèque became a meeting place, appreciated by travelers as well as students and researchers. Shortly after, under the leadership of academics who had encouraged the creation of the bookstore, including professors Pierre-Bernard Lafont and Gérard Fussman, was opened a publishing department. Its first publications were the volumes of "Actes du XXIXe Congrès international des orientalistes" (Proceedings of the 29th International Congress of Orientalists), a conference held in Paris in 1973.

The publishing sector then developed, particularly in the field of language education, in close collaboration with National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris (INALCO). Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Arabic, Korean, Turkish, Bengali, Burmese, but also Russian, Hungarian, modern Greek, Judeo-Spanish, Tachelhit, Quechua, Wolof... it is no longer just the languages of Asia, but also those of middle Europe, Latin America, Africa.

Today L'Asiathèque remains an independent publishing house, under the leadership of Philippe Thiollier, son of the founders, and maintains an ambitious editorial production based on the two pillars "Literature and knowledge" and "Languages" where the learning of languages of the world go hand in hand with the knowledge of cultures and the discovery of the vibrant contemporary literatures of the world, allowing a sensitive perception of the diversity of ways of thinking.


Editorial policy

L’Asiathèque, which became a publishing house with the publication of "Actes du XXIXe Congrès international des orientalistes" (Proceedings of the 29th International Congress of Orientalists), began in 1978 to publish textbooks whose authors were teachers from the National School of Modern Oriental Languages; institution which in 1985 took the name of National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO).

The collections of language textbooks, dictionaries, linguistics and bilingual books created since then have often been developed from spontaneous proposals from the professors of this Institute. Their founding principle was to allow an audience outside the university to benefit from the teaching skills of its teachers, which until then had only benefited students. The significant development of language departments in many French-speaking universities now makes it possible to diversify collaborations with recognized professors.

In addition to this program of publication of fundamental works providing access to knowledge of the languages of the world, the publications l'Asiathèque have set themselves the objective of offering reference books to a wide audience, serious without being of a heavy erudition, on the cultures of the world. Thus collections were created: Routes de la soie (Silk Roads), Espace tibétain (Tibetan Space), Connaître le Japon (Knowing Japan), Empreintes chinoises (Chinese Imprints), Monde coréen (Korean world), Monde indien (indian world), Taiwan fiction, Liminaires, Les bilingues, 80 mots du monde (80 words of the world), etc. Multiple areas are discussed: literature, philosophy, art, cuisine, travel. Each time the texts are based on direct and authentic experience and encourage the reader to open-minded and to reflect.

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