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2008/12/12 Berkeley campus, East Asian Library

A late afternoon in Berkeley gave our group the opportunity for only a short walk of the campus, with a stop at the new C. V. Starr East Asian Library.
Continuing the tour of my relatives in the Bay Area, our group struck out on the Friday afternoon over the bridge to Berkeley, connecting with my niece Nicole as the local tour guide.  A late and leisurely ramen lunch didn’t leave us much time to see the campus.  Without a specific destination, we just wandered.  In comparison to the sprawling campus at Stanford, the Berkeley site seems more compact.  The lush eucalyptus grove indicates a climate cooler and wetter than the south bay.

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Although Berkeley has a long history of scholarship into Asia, the Chinese and Japanese collections were  consolidated into the C. V. Starr East Asian Library as a new building only in 2008.

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Since Nancy was an east asian studies major some years ago, and then a library studies graduate student, this building was a natural for a peek.

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The atrium down the middle of the building provides a feeling of greater openness inside the modern structure. Continue reading2008/12/12 Berkeley campus, East Asian Library

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