ABOUT ME

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I am currently the Pine Tree Foundation Rare Book Conservation fellow in the Thaw Conservation Center of the Morgan Library & Museum. 

My interest in culture and history can be traced back to childhood. I grew up in a Chinese town with more than 2000 years of history. Its ancient castle, opera, Kung Fu tea and so many other cultural heritages have shaped my personality. I became particularly interested in book conservation when studying Library Science in college. The curriculum introduced the theory of preservation management, and the internship at National Conservation Lab equipped me with some bookbinding and conservation techniques of both rare Chinese and western books.

 

In 2013, I attended a national seminar tutored by three European conservators, which encouraged me to study abroad. Two-years training in the conservation program at Camberwell College of Arts (U.K.) is an unforgettable experience in my life. Building friendship with students from all parts of the world was a blessing. We shared knowledge, ideas, laughter and dreams. One of the dreams came true when I was accepted to the internship program at the Library of Congress. Working with world-class conservators, I have not only performed treatment for a wide range of collections, but also developed adaptive project management skills. Moreover, I had the opportunity to engage the general public in events like the National Book Festival.

 

As the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said: “A journey of thousand miles begins with the first step.” I am grateful to my family, friends and tutors who supported me to take the very first step into this profession, which has led to an exceptional journey for the last couple years across three continents. Every book I encountered told a unique story of our collective history, of the authors’ believes and love, and of the readers’ interpretation. I can’t wait for the next story to enlighten me!

© 2015 XIAOPING CAI