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Write About Asia Spring 2019

“Write about Asia” was offered by the East Asia Resource Center in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Saturday University Lecture Series. On March 16, March 30, April 6 and April 27 there was a lecture followed by a writing workshop facilitated by Mary Roberts.

Educators attended the public lecture from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and then met for a writing workshop from 11:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m.  During the workshop, time was given to solitary writing in response to the morning lecture. The workshop nurtured educators as writers through self-reflection and group discussion.  Priority was given to full-time K12 teachers.

This series was titled “Trans Plants: Collecting, Gathering and Globalizing Plants”.  This five-part series began with “a consideration of plants in and out of their native environment, and of how plants become an art material in bonsai and Chinese gardens. Hear stories of a delicious mushroom that only grows in the wild, farming eucalyptus as a colonial endeavor, and a hunt for rhododendrons in China” (excerpt from the Gardner Center website).

Lecture titles

MAR 16

Saturday University: Bonsai, Southern Chinese Style

MAR 30

What Kind of Collection Was the Chinese Scholar’s Garden?


The Charisma of Wild Mushrooms: Matsutake and the Forest Revitalization Movements in Japan

APR 27

The Golden Mountain Gate: Text and Experience in the Botanical Exploration of Southwest China

Workshop details

March 16, March 30, April 4, April 27 (a commitment to attend a minimum of two workshops is required)
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium


Free admission to the lecture and four free clock hours available for attending the lecture and fulfilling online discussion requirements.