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Charlotte's Asian Library Is 'A Hidden Treasure'

Aug 25, 2014
XiaoSong He

Across the street from the Metropolitan shopping complex east of Uptown is the Asian Library. Never heard of it? You're not alone.  

"It is like a hidden treasure for Charlotte. Lots of people -- they walk in, they say, 'What is this place?'" -- XiaoSong Hè

Since 1985, it's grown into one of the largest private Asian libraries in the United States. It has more than 132,000 books in Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese.


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