Dawn Lawson

Director, Asia Library

Asia Library · Research
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Dawn Lawson

Director, Asia Library

Asia Library · Research

About me

As director of Asia Library, I oversee North America's fourth-largest collection of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean materials as well as the subject specialists and technical services professionals who develop and maintain it. In 2019 our holdings surpassed one million volumes. Our special collections include the papers of Alfred Hussey. a drafter of Japan's postwar Constitution; the largest collection of historical materials on the history of Chinese dance outside China, and a collection of photographs taken by a Peace Corps volunteer in Seoul in 1969. Asia Library strives to provide constantly improving service to its large and diverse user community, which stretches from the Ann Arbor campus across the world.   

I came to the University of Michigan after spending nearly a dozen years as East Asian studies librarian at New York University. During that time I also earned a PhD from NYU with a specialization in early modern Japanese women's literature. I have translated several works of Japanese fiction and nonfiction, including Saitõ Tamaki's Beautiful Fighting Girl (2011; co-translated with J. Keith Vincent). My translation of Nakajima Shōen's novella Sankan no meika (A Beautiful Flower in Mountain Seclusion), received the 2018 Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize.  


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