Jidong Yang

Head, East Asia Library

I am responsible for managing the East Asia Library, a branch library of Stanford University Libraries and one of the largest East Asian language collections in the United States. I oversee the collection development, public and reference services, technical processing, and daily operations of the East Asia Library.


  • PhD, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • Master, Library and Information Sciences, Rutgers University
  • BA, History, Peking (Beijing) University

Professional activities 

Member, Association for Asian Studies

Member, Council on East Asian Libraries

Member, American Library Association

Member, Tang Studies Society

Selected Publications 

"Transportation, Boarding, Lodging, and Trade along the Early Silk Road: A Preliminary Study of the Xuanquan Manuscripts," Journal of the American Oriental Society, 135.3 (2015), 421-432.

“The McCartee Library and the East Asian Collection of the University of Pennsylvania,” in Peter X. Zhou, ed., Collecting Asia: East Asian Libraries in North America, 1868-2008 (Ann Arbor: Association for Asian Studies, 2009), pp. 54-65.

“The Making, Writing, and Testing of Decisions in the Tang Government: A Study of the Role of the Pan in the 'Literary Bureaucracy' of Medieval China,” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews, 29 (2007), 129-167.

“Replacing hu with fan: A Change in the Chinese Perception of Buddhism during the Medieval Period,” Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, 21.1 (1998), 157-170.

“Zhang Yichao and Dunhuang in the 9th Century,” Journal of Asian History, 32.2 (1998), 97-144.

More about me 

Before joing Stanford University Libraries in May, 2013, I served as the Head of Asia Library at the University of Michigan from 2008-2013, and the Chinese Studies Librarian at the University of Pennsylvania from 2000-2008.