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Northern Star Translation

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Arts & Culture
  • Education & Literacy
  • International
  • Media & Broadcasting


44 Ledgelawn AveLexington, MA 02420 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Northern Star Translation is a nonprofit translation organization for Chinese internet users who have limited access to academic works in humanities subjects due to the Great Firewall.


NST’s mission is to promote learning of different political, social, philosophical ideologies in China. The audience of our translated work could range from a curious student to an academic researching references for their study. NST is the only organization that translates academic materials and makes them free and accessible online. NST uploads translated work to the corresponding website within the firewall every month. We have so far collaborated with Yale historian Timothy Snyder on translating excerpts of his book On Tyranny , we are actively seeking collaboration with more authors and scholars. NST is founded by three Asian-American students, two of them being first generation immigrants from mainland China. After personally experiencing the impact of the Great Firewall, they launched a project determined to translate every book that has changed their outlook of the world. This project then developed into an organization when more joined the mission in making ideas "borderless". The organization is registered in February of 2020. Currently, we have five translators and one editor. NST needs more volunteer translators who can help us produce more translated work each month, and give us more input in the works we can translate, thereby diversifying the works we present.


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