The Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies has helped enhance the East Asian collection at Suffolk’s Mildred F. Sawyer Library by accepting bookdonations from both the Japan Foundation and Wontak Hong, professor emeritus at Seoul National University in Korea.
“It’s going to strengthen our collection in the area of Japanese and Korean studies,” Acting Sawyer Library Director Rebecca Fulweiler told Suffolk University in a news story. “Our collection is heavily used by students and faculty, and I am sure these books will begin circulating soon after we place them on the shelves.”
The Japanese government established the Japan Foundation in 1972 as a means of introducing Japanese culture abroad.
The Japan Foundation donation to Suffolk consists of seven novels, all of which are modern, avante gard stories that display the best of contemporary Japanese fiction.
The English language editions of these novels include: Bedtime Eyes by Amy Yamada, The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa, The Apprenticeship of Big Toe by Reiko Matsuma, and Silence by Shusaku Endo, one of Japan’s foremost contemporary fiction writers.
Professor Hong’s contributions, Ancient Korea-Japan Relations and East Asian History, emphasize the links between early East Asian cultures, particularly the interactions between Korea and Japan.
Ronald Suleski, professor and director of the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, said in a Suffolk news story, “Suffolk University is continually increasing its course offerings dealing with Asia, so all of these books will be welcomed by our students who are always exploring a wide range of ideas.”