USC Pacific Asia Museum

USC Pacific Asia Museum USC Pacific Asia Museum's mission is to further intercultural understanding through the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. USC PAM IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19.
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USC Pacific Asia Museum is one of only four institutions in the United States dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. The museum’s mission is to further cultural awareness and understanding through the arts.

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Shop@PAM - Make a statement during #humantrackiffickingawarenessmonth with these sassy, female empowerment pouches! When...
01/17/2021

[email protected] - Make a statement during #humantrackiffickingawarenessmonth with these sassy, female empowerment pouches! When you purchase a Malia Designs cotton canvas pouch, you are supporting life-changing, sustainable employment for former victims of trafficking and disabled artisans in Cambodia. Look for more Malia Designs products at [email protected] online and new cloth face masks, coming soon.
To learn more about how you can help put an end to human trafficking visit @castlosangeles or @hopeforjusticeintl.
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Kids@PAM - Experimenting with Digital ArtTechnology has been used to create art since the mid-20th century. Nowadays, di...
01/15/2021

[email protected] - Experimenting with Digital Art
Technology has been used to create art since the mid-20th century. Nowadays, digital art can be seen everywhere, from social media to advertising. Use the tips below to experiment with digital art apps and software to create your own images using personal photos or images of the museum collection!

What is digital art? Digital Art is a term for an artistic practice that makes use of digital technology. It has been around since the 70's and is used for advertisements, film, animation, visual effects, and much more. Digital Art can be computer generated or drawn using various software. Altering photos to create new images is a form of Digital Art.

Tips for creating Digital Art
Use free computer software, such as Krita, Clip studio, and Medibang. If you are using a phone or tablet, some free apps include: Photoshop Mix, Flipaclip, and Microsoft Paint 3D. Apps such as Instagram and Snapchat also have features that allow you to upload photographs from your library and edit them using drawing tools and filters. You can use eraser tools, PNG (or stickers), manipulate color, and add text or drawing.

Swipe left to take a look at some examples and consider the following questions when creating your own:
Are there objects around you that have a shape resembling something else? For example, a rock in the shape of a dog or a tree in the shape of a slithering snake?
What interesting shapes can you find around your home or neighborhood?
What would make an existing landscape picture more magical?
What can I add or take away to change the mood (or feeling) of an image?

Materials Needed: Computer, phone, or tablet, Drawing software or App, Digital Photographs

01/15/2021

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Revisit last month’s “[email protected]: Southeast Asian Refugee Narratives” with Pulitzer Prize-Winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen and L.A. artists Ann Le and Phung Huynh as they discussed the lasting impact of war trauma and outsider trauma on subsequent generations of Asian Americans whose families came to the United States as refugees. Vietnamese-American filmmaker, Quyên Nguyen-Le, moderated the conversation.

Link for full video: https://youtu.be/7TlRShClyKk

Shop@PAM - After a chaotic start to the New Year, it’s time for a little self-care. Create calming, meditative sounds wi...
01/10/2021

[email protected] - After a chaotic start to the New Year, it’s time for a little self-care. Create calming, meditative sounds with a Nepalese singing bowl to rest your mind. Sip soothing, antioxidant rich white tea from Tea Drops to relax and refresh. Nourish your skin with organic, all-natural soaps from local artisan Hippy Sister soaps. Find other choices to boost your mood at [email protected] online.
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Community@PAM - Next up in our staff PAMily introductions, meet our Collections Management Assistant, Linda Boot!How lon...
01/09/2021

[email protected] - Next up in our staff PAMily introductions, meet our Collections Management Assistant, Linda Boot!

How long have you been at USC PAM?
I started working in August 2018
What do you do at the museum?
My work revolves around the museum's collections care and preventive conservation. It involves proper object handling, cleaning, labeling, documenting, and keeping the museum's database current. My duties also include monitoring environmental data; to ensure optimal preservation conditions and the unusual task of 'bug-hunting' in storage and gallery spaces to prevent damage to the objects. Furthermore, I work with our Curatorial Department and provide preparatory assistance.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
My work tasks vary from intangible to tangible and change daily; there is never a dull moment. Working directly with the museum's objects is a privilege that I very much enjoy.
What are you currently working on?
Life goes on behind closed doors. With the museum currently being closed to the public, the situation provided an opportunity to take care of some needed building maintenance. Consequently, this meant large sections of our collection had to be moved to safer locations in the building to prevent any possible damage from construction work. During the past months, we reorganized, relocated objects, prepared storage rooms with protective covers, and compiled inventories of all the affected objects. Once the construction is completed, we will reverse the process and begin returning all objects to their original storage locations in the museum.
What would you recommend people to watch, read, do, or learn about right now?
Ai Me Tagai, a web-based exhibition project.
This initially planned live event was re-developed as a virtual experience. You can find a video interviews, finished works, and workshops considering cultural-exchange.
What is your favorite artwork on view in the galleries or in the Collection?
I adore all Netsuke; these small but mighty masterpieces made from wood or ivory are not only a fascinating part of Japanese fashion history; they also showcase intricate carving skills and are wonderful storytelling pieces.

01/08/2021

Oscar Oiwa’s exhibition, “Dreams of a Sleeping World,” opened one year ago today. It was meant to allow the visitor to escape the chaos of the outside world and remind us to look inward and be introspective. We revisit this exhibition today, one year later, to give us solace in times of chaos.

Created over two weeks in December 2019, the dome was hand-drawn by Oiwa, his assistant, and four USC Roski School of Fine Art students using approximately 120 Sharpie permanent markers.
You can enjoy the exhibition, again, from the comfort of your home, via a virtual tour. Link in bio.

Galleries@PAM - Visions of an Enduring World: Jacoulet and the People of Oceania, curated by Jordan Cruz, Getty Marrow M...
01/05/2021

[email protected] - Visions of an Enduring World: Jacoulet and the People of Oceania, curated by Jordan Cruz, Getty Marrow Multicultural Undergraduate Intern at USC Pacific Asia Museum.

This new online exhibition focuses attention on the material culture of Micronesian and Melanesian communities, juxtaposed with Paul Jacoulet’s portraits. By contrasting these objects the exhibition seeks to provide alternative visions of the Pacific Islands. Contrasting Jacoulet’s portraits with the material objects provides a broader vision of who these communities are, how they are perceived by the Western world, and what they produced.

To view this online exhibition, click here: https://scalar.usc.edu/works/visions-of-an-enduring-world/index

Image credits:
FISH TRAP New Caledonia, Numea, 20th century Spherical wood frame with fiber twine and adorned with cowry shells Gift of Richard Kelton 1981.136.20

BABY CRADLE HAMMOCK AND MAT Palau, 20th century Wood cradle with plant fiber netting and woven mat Gift of Professor Melford Spiro 1995.59.7AB

Paul Jacoulet, Vendeuse des mangues (Mango Seller), c. 1939 Woodblock print Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Child 1982.133.19

Paul Jacoulet, JEUNE FILLE DE JALUIT, MARSHALLS (Young Girl of Jaluit. Marshalls), c. 1939 Woodblock Print Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Child 1981.117.29

Happy New Year from the PAMily! We began 2020 with an immersive art installation and an exhibition highlighting  seven f...
01/01/2021

Happy New Year from the PAMily!

We began 2020 with an immersive art installation and an exhibition highlighting seven female contemporary artists of diverse Asian Pacific heritages living and working in Los Angeles. 2020 was an exceptional year and, we rose to the occasion by offering ongoing virtual initiatives, events, and programs to engage our community. With hope for the new year we are excited to continue our [email protected] initiative as a way to keep in touch with our audience and to fulfill our mission and vision into 2021. We look forward to the moment when we can welcome everyone safely back at the museum. Sending happiness and light for 2021!
#happynewyear #2021 #museumfromhome

12/31/2020

[email protected] - As we near the end of the year, consider making a year-end contribution of any amount to support the curatorial and programming efforts of USC PAM. Your support makes a critical difference and allows USC PAM to continue its important work, such as forward thinking exhibitions on Asian and Pacific Islands arts and culture.

Happy New Year from the PAMily!

Link in bio to give today!

Learning@PAM - Closer Look at the Collection: Arjuna Fights Shiva This scene is from the epic Hindu story of the Mahabha...
12/30/2020

[email protected] - Closer Look at the Collection: Arjuna Fights Shiva
This scene is from the epic Hindu story of the Mahabharata. It shows Arjuna and a disguised Shiva fighting over a boar with which they both shot with an arrow. As they fought, the weapons thrown by Shiva were easily repelled by Arjuna. When all the weapons were exhausted, the two began to wrestle. After fighting for a while, Shiva gave up his disguise of a hunter and displayed his true form. Arjuna was ashamed that he fought with the very person to whom he had been praying and asked for forgiveness. Shiva explained it had been a test and offered a boon to Arjuna who asked for the Brahmastra, a most powerful weapon that could destroy anything in its path.

Arjuna Fights Shiva
India, Odisha, Puri District, early 20th Century
Opaque watercloth and lacquer on cotton cloth
Museum purchase
2003.10.8

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Community@PAM - We're taking you behind the scenes and introducing you to our Staff PAMily members! Now, let's head to o...
12/28/2020

[email protected] - We're taking you behind the scenes and introducing you to our Staff PAMily members! Now, let's head to our Education Department and meet our Youth and Family Programs Specialist, Valentina Quezada.

How long have you been at USC PAM?
3 years

What do you do at the museum?
I develop programs for K-12, youth, and intergenerational audiences. These include the Distance Learning Program, School Tours, Educator Nights, Teen Ambassadors, USC PAM Student Educators, cultural festivals, and our popular Free Second Sundays. You may recognize me as the storyteller from [email protected]!

What do you enjoy most about the work you do?
I wouldn't be able to do any of the work I do without the incredible community of artists, volunteers, and cultural partners with whom we collaborate. The best part of my job is working with creative individuals who are passionate about the arts and cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Their voices are what make our programs unique and valuable to the communities we serve.

Is there a project you are currently working on at the Museum you'd like to share?
I am currently working on re-designing our Silk Road Gallery, which is an interactive space about the ancient trade route. This project has been very exciting for me because I get to collaborate with our curator and an incredible team of local artists. There will be many engaging new additions to this space that will bring history alive for visitors of all ages!

What would you recommend people to watch, read, do, or learn about right now?
With a toddler running around, I don't get to do as much reading and viewing as I would otherwise like. The song that has on repeat at my house is "Wheels on the Bus", a true classic! However, I do recommend watching the PBS documentary series "Asian Americans", which I have found very inspiring.

What is your favorite artwork on view in the galleries or in the Collection?
I really love the Double gourd-shaped vase in the Chinese Gallery because of the beautiful shape, floral designs, and symbolic meaning of blessing and longevity.

#bts #museumstaff #pamfromhome #pamily

12/24/2020

[email protected] - As we inch towards the end of a difficult year, we reflect on all the programs we did this year; pre-covid and during quarantine. Your support makes a critical difference and allows USC PAM to continue its important work. Consider making a year-end contribution of any amount to support the curatorial and programming efforts of USC PAM.
Link in bio to give today!
Happy holidays from the PAMily!

Community@PAM - We continue our behind the scenes profiles of our staff PAMily members! Meet Jordan Cruz, our Getty Marr...
12/22/2020

[email protected] - We continue our behind the scenes profiles of our staff PAMily members! Meet Jordan Cruz, our Getty Marrow Multicultural Intern!

How long have you been at USC PAM?
4 months

What is your job title?
Curatorial and Collections Getty Intern

What do you do at the museum?
I assist the Curatorial and Collections departments on projects such as conducting inventory, collection movements, accessioning new acquisitions, and conducting research on the collection.

What do you enjoy most about the work you do?
I really enjoy working with and handling objects. Especially the ones that are centuries old because it's really great to learn more about them and be a part of their history.

Is there a project you are currently working on at the Museum you'd like to share?
I am currently working on a research project with USC PAM's docents on decolonizing the museums collections. We are looking at the problematic items in the Pacific Island collections and attempting to learn more about them. This is a great project because it not only allows us to deal with problematic items in the museum but also strengthen our understanding of our collections. This will help us develop more intriguing and interesting exhibitions in the future.

What would you recommend people to watch, read, do, or learn about right now?
The staff at USC PAM are currently reading "Disability Visibility: First-Stories from the Twenty-First Century". This book provides personal narratives about what it is like for a disable persons to navigate a world that often forgets and trivializes their experience. I highly recommend this book as it gives an small insight on their experiences and how to be better allies.

What is your favorite artwork on view in the galleries or in the Collection?
My favorite artwork is by Ann Le titles "World War Apartment" 2019. I really appreciate this artwork because it deals with the complexity of those affected by war. As a first-generation immigrant due to war this piece really speaks to me because it speaks to the lasting effects of war on families even as they enter a safe place.

#bts #pamfromhome #museumstaff

Shop@PAM - Thank you to everyone who ordered something special from our new online shop this holiday season! When you Sh...
12/20/2020

[email protected] - Thank you to everyone who ordered something special from our new online shop this holiday season! When you [email protected], you support the Museum and its community.
While we can’t be together for a while, we look forward to greeting you next year with a friendly smile (even if it’s behind a mask)! We miss chatting with our visitors, shoppers, neighbors, and travelers from afar. Whether it’s your first time visiting or the 46th, we love hearing about your museum experiences.
This holiday season, we wish you happiness, good health, and security. We hope you’ll keep supporting the museum through the [email protected], becoming a member, or our many programs and events. And we hope to see you soon!
Cheers, Michelle and Evelyn- your [email protected] crew!
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12/18/2020

This award-winning book follows the story of a boy and his father on an early morning fishing trip. Through beautiful illustrations and prose we get a glimpse of the relationships between parent and child, cultures, and generations.

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12/18/2020

[email protected]: 🔊 Revisit, Stronger Together: Black Liberation and Asian Solidarity, a USC PAM, @JANM and @CAMLA joint presentation where three panelists reflected on the history of Black-Asian solidarity and what can be learned from the past in order to live in a liberated future. Viewable now on the USC PAM YouTube channel.

Link in bio.

12/17/2020

[email protected] - Help us continue to create quality exhibitions and programs on the dynamic arts and cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Support the USC PAMily! Your support makes a critical difference and allows USC PAM to continue its important work. Consider making a year-end contribution of any amount to support the curatorial and programming efforts of USC PAM.

Link in bio to give today!

Community@PAM - go behind the scenes with us and meet another PAMily member! Annie Lee our Registrar is in charge of tak...
12/16/2020

[email protected] - go behind the scenes with us and meet another PAMily member! Annie Lee our Registrar is in charge of taking care of our Collection.

How long have you been at USC PAM?
I first started as a Getty Multicultural Undergraduate intern in the Collections Department in 2007. I joined the staff after college in 2008. This will be my 13th year at USC PAM!

What do you do at the museum?
I am basically the caretaker of the permanent collection. My job includes processing new acquisitions every year, maintaining and improving the storage of the collection, preparing objects for exhibitions or for research, conducting inventory, keeping current records of the database and getting objects photographed and conserved. As a Registrar, I also help with exhibitions, such as shipping artworks, processing insurance and loan agreements, writing condition reports, and helping with installation and de-installation.

What do you enjoy most about the work you do?
I enjoy seeing the beginning and ending of an exhibition, from concept that takes months of planning, to the busy moments right before the opening, and the final moment of packing and sending the objects home.

Is there a project you are currently working on at the Museum you'd like to share?
With the help of our dedicated Collections Management Assistant, Linda Boot, our fabulous Getty MUI intern, Jordan Cruz, and photographer, Peter Perigo, we are capturing digital images of the beautiful kimonos and textiles in our Japanese collection. These images will be available to the public in Spring 2021.

What would you recommend people to watch, read, do, or learn about right now?
I recommend taking a little time everyday to connect with the outdoors, even if it's just watering your yard. My husband and I planted our second year of Winter seasonal vegetables, with lettuce, peas, carrots, and all kind of herbs that I could use in cooking. We also bought an annual membership at the Huntington Library and Garden so we can take a walk while looking at the greenery, and also watch our step count on our fitness watches to see who got the most steps at the end of the day!

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Hi everyone, I just want to share a very creative presentation by Federation of World Peace and Love (FOWPAL) featuring Asian puppets Wind Warrior and Water Warrior, who introduce useful COVID-19 prevention tips. Stay healthy and safe! http://www.icday.org/EP/SP/ep.html #InternationalConscienceDay #ChangetheWorldwithConscience #fowpal #icday #covid19 #puppets #bjddoll https://youtu.be/RaqVi5z7N0o
Relaxing and beautiful place to enjoy alone or in good company.
This is amazing: this room has not changed in over 50 years. I did art projects there in the early 60s! It looks unchanged!!
Tranquility in the pond. Say hi to the Koi. #modernrevolution
The Museum and it’s staff are so very welcoming. The coart yard is a free peaceful garden hidden in the middle of Downtown Pasadena. It is also a California landmark #998 and home to one of Pasadenas Largest Art collectors. And when you have time, donate $7 for the museum. #modernrevolution
Thank you guys again! Here's the full video from the event. https://www.facebook.com/ZawStudios/videos/1967942676572604/
Thank you USC Pacific Asia Museum for hosting Myanmar Cultural Day.
This is a story of an American woman, who protested the enactment of the 1924 Asian Exclusion Act and, in despair, left her homeland for good. Her name was Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore (pronounced "Sid-more," October 1856-November 1928). She was a close friend of Dr. Nitobe Inazo, the author of "Bushido," who died in Vancouver. National Cherry Blossom Festival for 2018 is coming around the corner. Today, it is almost forgotten that the spectacular view of cherry blossoms in the area around the Potomac Tidal Basin and elsewhere in the country is owed to an inspiration of an American woman. While visiting Japan in the mid-1880s, Scidmore was captivated by the beauty of the cherry blossoms in Tokyo and conceived the idea to transplant Japanese flowering cherry trees to the U.S. capital. Back home, Scidmore became the initial proponent for transplanting Japanese flowering cherry trees to the area around the Potomac Tidal Basin. Her idea finally materialized in 1912, when 3,020 saplings of Japanese flowering cherry trees arrived safely in Washington, D.C., as a gift of friendship to the people of the United States from the people of Japan, by the City of Tokyo (current Tokyo prefecture). The cherry tree saplings were successfully transplanted to the area around the Potomac Tidal Basin and to the Capitol grounds, on March 27, 1912 and afterwards. Twenty-three years later, on March 27, 1935, the first national cherry blossom festival was held in commemoration of the landmark event. This is the origin of the National Cherry Blossom Festival that has been celebrated annually, to this day. However, the story of Scidmore does not end here. She was a pioneering American woman in many respects, and her life encompassed many remarkable achievements, as impressive and significant as her Japanese flowering cherry tree project. Her later life was even more dramatic than the earlier one. She protested the enactment of the 1924 Asian Exclusion Act and, in despair, she left her homeland for good. She moved to Geneva, Switzerland, closely worked with Dr. Nitobe Inazo, under secretary-general of the League of Nations, and died there. A new biography of Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore is available now at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973413736. Enjoy!
To the new Director: Welcome! When possible, would you please research to find when the Pacificulture Foundation was first incorporated. My wife and I, plus a few of our friends incorporated the Foundation. Mrs. Palmer was a constant supporter and she was president when the foundation took over the Grace Nicholson building. My son, Dean Ito Taylor, runs the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach offices in the S.F. Bay area. I would like to give him the details of the Pacificulture Foiundation. When we incorporated, I designed the name PacifiCulture. Thank you for your help. Sincerely, Guy C. Taylor Jr., [email protected] Home address: 94-804 Lelehu Pl. Waipahu, HI 96797
when are U re opening ?
When do you plan to reopen? Miss you🌸.