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Write About Asia Winter 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.  Each Saturday (with the exception on February 23), there was a lecture followed by a writing workshop facilitated by Mary Barber Roberts.

Each Saturday, educators attended the public lecture from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. and then met for a writing workshop from 11:30 a.m to 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 University Lecture Series was titled “Roots of Culture: Essential Plants of Asia”.  This seven-part series began with “an arts approach to plants through a comparison of musical structures and trees. Then six talks each focus on cultures and histories of one type of plant. Their uses vary from garden ornamentals to craft, agriculture, fiber, and fruit.” (excerpt from the Gardner Center website)


JAN 19

The Harmonic Forest: Musical Structures Heard as Trees

Jovino Santos Neto, musician and biologist


JAN 26

The First Satyagraha: Gandhi’s Campaign Against Indigo Plantations in Early Twentieth Century India

Anand Yang, University of Washington



The Story of the Camellia

Nicholas Menzies, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens



Soybean Worlds

Jia-chen Fu, Emory University


FEB 16

Jute and Peasant Life in the Bengal Delta

Tariq Omar Ali, University of Illinois



Fruit Trees, Family Trees, and Landscape Change: The Durians of West Kalimantan, Indonesia

Nancy Lee Peluso, University of California, Berkeley



The Japanese Basket 1845–1958: Mirror of Modernity

Joe Earle, Former Director, Japan Society Gallery


Workshop details

Saturdays from January 19 to March 9 (no lecture on February 23)
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 at least two lectures and fulfilling online discussion requirements.