As teenagers on an early visit to New York City, a friend and I taught ourselves how to look up Chinese characters in a dictionary that we found in the now defunct Asian Reading Room of NYPL’s main branch on 42nd Street, and thirty years later I still use that skill regularly in my career as a professor of classical Chinese studies.

As teenagers on an early visit to New York City, a friend and I taught ourselves how to look up Chinese characters in a dictionary that we found in the now defunct Asian Reading Room of NYPL’s main branch on 42nd Street, and thirty years later I still use that skill regularly in my career as a professor of classical Chinese studies.

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