A few pages I found,you probably saw them,too.Information only,no 
discographies.I know there is one for Chinese 78s,I saw it for sale years ago. (Interesting.)


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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Encylopedic Discography of Victor Recordings: Asian  
Recordings Project

In 1902-1903, with a series of discs featuring traditional Chinese 
opera, the Victor Talking Machine Company began recording the music of 
Asian cultures, and subsequently marketing those records to Asian 
communities in the United States. In the ensuing years, Victor expanded 
its reach to Asia itself, eventually opening thriving offices in both 
China and Japan. Between the early 20th century and 1940, Victor had 
issued thousands of discs for Asian markets. While they focused 
predominantly on the traditional and popular music of Japan and China, 
Victor and its satellite offices also recorded the music of the 
Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, as well as a few Indian 
recordings. Chinese opera from Fuzhou, Korean aak court music, 
Vietnamese cải lương – Victor recorded it all.

Unfortunately, very little original documentation on Victor’s master 
recordings for Asian markets has been preserved. The editorial staff at 
UC Santa Barbara's Encylopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (EDVR) 
has begun surveying and collecting extant documentation, and with the 
assistance of scholars and collectors, we are researching the scope of 
Victor’s Asian output. The end result will be a definitive overview of 
the range of recordings produced, the series names and numbers, the 
number of master recordings released (or reissued), and the genres 
recorded. The eventual goal is to gather enough information, including 
label scans, to include Victor's Asian issues in the EDVR.

As an example, a detailed survey of the 42000 10" double-faced Chinese 
series has been completed and other similar surveys are under way to 
help us better understand the extent of Victor's Asian operations. 
Victor's 42000 double-faced Chinese series began ca. 1910 and initially 
contained both original recordings, as well as recouplings of Victor's 
earlier single faced Chinese issues from as early as 1902. As Victor 
continued recording Chinese language masters, it became the primary 
series for recordings marketed to Chinese in the US and in Asia and 
contained a variety of Chinese dialects. The last 42000 was issued 
sometime in the teens, but the 43000 series continued on until the late 
1920s. To see our survey of the 42000 series by dialect (or language), 
please visit this link: 

For any questions, or if you wish to participate in the project, contact:

Jonathan Ward, Associate Editor for Asia
Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings
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