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 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.


Watch artist and educator, Nori Shirasu, demonstrate how to do “sumi-e” or ink brush painting! This is part 2 of Nori’s lesson on brush painting and calligraphy, please watch his Chinese calligraphy lesson from a couple of weeks ago to understand the essential tools for calligraphy. @norishirasu

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Our museum may be temporarily closed, but our galleries are alive with art. Meet We Are Here: Contemporary Art and Asian Voices exhibiting artists, Sichong Xie:
Xie utilizes performance, video, and installation to explore her identity and place in the world as an expatriate Chinese citizen. She investigates sculptural forms and movements within global communities to reconsider and re-envision shared spaces and performative practices.

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Gallery@PAM: Artist Gallery Talks On ZoomSaturday, April 25th, 2020 at 2:30 PMJoin us online via zoom!Join exhibited art...

[email protected]: Artist Gallery Talks On Zoom
Saturday, April 25th, 2020 at 2:30 PM
Join us online via zoom!

Join exhibited artist Sichong Xie as she discusses her work in an informal and intimate gallery talk series via Zoom meeting. Free Please RSVP to receive the zoom invitation. Link here

Action@PAM “Look for the helpers!” — Mister Rogers. Performance artist, comedian and activist Kristina Wong, who facilit...

[email protected] “Look for the helpers!” — Mister Rogers. Performance artist, comedian and activist Kristina Wong, who facilitated our “Empower Online” workshop last week for USC students to process the rise of racist and xenophobic attacks using art, humor and heart, is continuing to use her platform for good. She is working with a consortium of artists and friends to sew masks and get them directly to medical and emergency workers right here in our community. She is actively seeking sewing assistance and or donations of elastic and 100% cotton or tightly woven material. Just message @mskristinawong to learn more about how you can help. Thank you, Kristina, for being an upstander in our time of need! @ USC Pacific Asia Museum

Action@PAM: Sometimes taking action against racism and xenophobia directed those of Asian heritages looks like this: fli...

[email protected]: Sometimes taking action against racism and xenophobia directed those of Asian heritages looks like this: flipping the script and presenting narratives that are hopeful and positive.

Meet Dr. David Ho. He is a Taiwanese-American doctor and HIV/AIDS researcher who made groundbreaking scientific contributions that led to the understanding and effective treatment of HIV that further led to a mitigation of the spread of the virus in the 1990s. Recently Dr. Ho's research group have engineered potent antibodies that neutralize divergent strains of HIV. The most promising neutralizing agent is a bispecific monoclonal antibody that entered a first-in-human clinical trial in 2019. The Ho Lab is funded by two NIH grants to pursue the use of engineered antibodies to purge the viral latent reservoir as a part of the international HIV cure effort. Today Dr. Ho is now leading a research team, racing to find an effective treatment for the COVID-19 virus.
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Community@PAM: Artist’s point of view! Jennifer Ling Datchuk is an artist, educator, and writer based in San Antonio, Te...

[email protected]: Artist’s point of view! Jennifer Ling Datchuk is an artist, educator, and writer based in San Antonio, Texas. Here she discusses a piece she did in 2017, “Ching Chong,” and how now, with rising anti-Asian sentiment, it is ever more timely...

“I’ve heard the racial slur “ching chong” my whole life and its origins date back to the 19th century in children’s nursery rhymes. This was during a time of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 legally forbidding Chinese laborers from immigrating to the United States. Anti-Chinese and Anti-Asian sentiment has continued well into today with the hateful rhetoric coming from our President. Covid 19 does not discriminate and we all need to come together to support each other during this time. .
When I envisioned this piece, I thought about the Asian businesses and people I saw that looked like me while growing up in Northeast Ohio. I knew it was an Asian business by the business marquee - the stylized “Chop Suey” font - English letters that are styled to mimic Chinese characters. Other than my own family, it was sometimes the only Asian people I ever saw or had interactions with.

This flashing red neon sign is bright. When you walk into a room it takes a second for your eyes to adjust and focus on the text in front of you. I wanted to express the all too familiar experience of being in a group of people, in a classroom, a meeting with colleagues, and/or hanging out with friends, when someone casually drops a racial slur, and insensitive joke, or says something that perpetuates Asian stereotypes. I’ve been frozen during these moments, not sure how to proceed or what to say, because forever and always my ethnicity, appearance, and experiences have been questioned, judged against a meter of someone else’s standards of authenticity. I often say these moments feel like a slap in the face, stunned for a second, and trying to make sense of it. It is important to speak up over the harassment and treatment of Asians and Asian Americans during this time. These experiences and stories need to be heard so we can protect each other, our communities.”

“Ching Chong” neon, acrylic, 2017
font designed by @j_sto , fabricated by Ki @ USC Pacific Asia Museum


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Caption: @USC_PAM is on a mission to create a more #mindful world, and it begins at home. Learn more about #MindfulPractices every Wednesday @USC_PAM.

Quiet your mind and body by looking at art in a guided meditation led by museum educator Kabir Singh.
Watch the full video on our YouTube channel, link in bio!


Watch as Teaching artist, Idelle Steinberg, demonstrates how to fold and cut a piece of into a snapping dragon head.
Materials needed:
8.5 x 11 inch paper
Pen or pencil


[email protected]: We Are Here exhibition artist Ann Le uses her work as a way to explore her family’s history within the larger context of war. She excavates her lineage by revisiting her family’s experiences. Using archived family photos and stories, Le’s works are layers of images, building upon each other, often touching on emigration, history, family, and memory.

Community@PAM: Artist’s point of view! In an effort to raise awareness of the amazing work our community members are doi...

[email protected]: Artist’s point of view! In an effort to raise awareness of the amazing work our community members are doing, we are introducing contemporary Asian artists that align with our mission of intercultural understanding!

First in the series is local artist, Sandra Low, from the San Gabriel Valley. About her work she writes, “As a Chinese American kid, the disconnect between watching Ronald McDonald dance across the television screen while I shoveled rice into my mouth with chopsticks created a peculiar filter through which I process the world. Now everything seems bizarre and out of reach. Throughout my career, I have created forked-tongue allegories that are, at turns, funny and melancholic, sly and sentimental. The goofball, grab-bag visuals are not just a veneer, but it is part of a conscious strategy to engage the viewer through an accessible visual vocabulary.”

Featured here is a painting Low created in response to the 2006 SARS outbreak. It features The God of Longevity holding a coronavirus: “Yellow Peril #1" (2006). Oil, acrylic, collage on unstretched canvas.

Follow her for more and stay tuned to meet more amazing artists every Saturday at [email protected] as you #pamfromhome #asiancontemporaryart #museumfromhome

Kids@PAM: Art Activity! Our names identify who we are. They can hold family histories or be self-proclaimed. This fun, a...

[email protected]: Art Activity! Our names identify who we are. They can hold family histories or be self-proclaimed. This fun, at-home, project uses the letters of your name to make a beautiful collage. It can be made using simple materials found at home or outside. Use this activity to explore the story behind your name and connect with your family members!

This art activity is inspired by the book "The Name Jar" by Yangsook Choi (in previous post) and by artist Phung Hyunh’s piece Embroidered CA License Plates (2019-20), which is part of the exhibition We Are Here: Art and Asian Voices in Los Angeles.

Questions to Inspire Your Artwork: Is there a story behind your name? Do you share a name with a family member? Do you have a nickname you prefer to go by? How did you get it or choose it?

Basic Materials Needed:
* Paper or piece of cardboard (any size)
* Scissors
* Pencil or any writing instrument
* Glue (white glue preferred for heavier items but glue stick works too!)

Additional Supply Ideas:
* Construction paper
* Magazines, newspapers, junk mail
* Pom-poms
* Pipe cleaners
* Stickers
* Shells
* Ribbon/yarn
* Dry food like beans, pasta, or rice
* Nature: flowers, twigs, leaves, grass, tiny rocks
* Anything that can be attached with glue!


1. Gather your materials and decide what you want each letter to be made of. Cut or tear the materials to the appropriate size if needed
2. Write your name on a sheet of paper. This will be your stencil for the collage. Try to make the letters large enough to fill up the entire sheet. If you use a pencil, you can fix any mistakes with an eraser!
3. Take your glue and either (a) trace over the letter or (b) put glue on the object and then adhere to paper. You may need to alternate between these techniques for the different materials you use.
4. Start attaching the different materials to each letter. Get creative with this! Think about how the items you select represent something about you (like maybe pasta is your favorite food!)
5. Share your artwork with your family and friends by tagging @usc_pam @ USC Pacific Asia Museum


[email protected]: enjoy a story and art activity this weekend with Storytime with USC PAM Educator, Valentina! Hear Valentina as she reads, “The Name Jar" by Yangsook Choi, which tells the story of Unhei who has just immigrated to America from Korea. Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei decides she needs a new name. Or does she?

Check out our next post to do an art activity inspired by the book and by artist Phung Hyunh’s piece Embroidered CA License Plates (2019-20), which is part of the exhibition We Are Here: Art and Asian Voices in Los Angeles.

Throwback@PAM🌀~ Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited✨February 8, 2019 to July 14, 2019Celebrating the...

[email protected]🌀~ Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited✨
February 8, 2019 to July 14, 2019
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of this contemporary artist’s first solo show—held at PAM in spring 1989—it displays 77 prints by this artist widely celebrated as one of Japan’s leading contemporary print artists. The British Museum lauded Kōkei for producing Japan’s “most notable Kabuki prints” in the post-war era.
Known for his bold, even disturbing, portraits of Japan’s leading actors in a dynamic theatrical form, Kōkei responds to the idiosyncratic late-18th century kabuki prints by the great Sharaku. A master in his own right, Kōkei captures the intense color, movement and emotion of kabuki. Yet Kōkei diverges from tradition by designing, carving and printing his own work. Because he uses extremely delicate paper, his works juxtapose emotionally dynamic images with fragile materials to create objects of extraordinary power.
The exhibition presents all of Kōkei’s actor prints from 1984-1993. Because the artist limited his editions, such a complete collection is unprecedented. To explore the broader contours of Kabuki actor prints, Kōkei’s work contextualized by actor prints by Sharaku as well as two-dozen by contemporary Japanese and western artists. This comparative material is loaned from a leading private collection of modern Kabuki portraits.
The exhibition utilizes the complex issues of identity in Kabuki—where actors take on multiple roles and males take on female roles—to explore broader questions of self definition and its representation. It includes several Kōkei’s emotionally torqued self-portraits produced after he gave up actor prints in 2000. It concludes by examining how kabuki actor imagery has inspired pop images over the last 20 years, demonstrating the productive link between Japan’s historic ukiyo (floating world) and our own culture. “Katsushika Hokusai, From The Banzai Ukiyoeha Gosugata (Long Live The Five Figures of Ukiyo-e) Series, 2017
Tsuruya Kokei (Japan, b. 1946)
Ink and Pigment on Paper
Loaned by Yamada Shoten Co., Ltd.
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What is mindful cooking? It's the act of slowing down and staying attuned to the moment-by-moment experience of making a meal. Cooking doesn't have to be a chore. In fact, it can be self-care!

Join Chef Cecilia Leung as prepares steamed savory custard in this mindful cooking lesson.

Steamed Savory Custard
Yields 2 servings

Eggs, room temp- 2ea
Water or stock, 115F- 1 cup
Scallions, chopped- 2 T
Light soy sauce-2 t
Sesame oil -1 t
Mushrooms, sliced-½ cup
Broccolini, chopped- 3 stalks

Whisk 2 eggs in a bowl.
Stream in 1-cup warm water (preferably vegetable stock for more flavor) and continue to whisk. Season with salt.
Use a sieve to strain custard mixture.
Pour into a bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and pierce plastic wrap in 3-5 different spots, this will allow steam to escape to yield a smooth silky surface.
Prepare steamer. Water should be boiling hot. FOR A MAKESHIFT STEAMER, use a pot that is wide enough to place the bowl into.
Place the bowl into steamer or pot, and lid the steamer or pot. Steam for 10 minutes(SET A TIMER!) over a gentle simmer for a silky texture. A rolling boil will create large bubbles.
While savory custard is steaming, heat large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 T of oil. Place mushrooms in the pan to sear until golden brown for about 3-5 minutes.
Season. Flip mushrooms and move to one side of the pan. Add broccolini to pan for a quick saute, about 3-5 minutes.
After 10 minutes, remove the pot from heat. Remove the lid to allow the bowl to cool a bit before removing from pot.
Drizzle with soy sauce and sesame oil. Garnish with scallions and vegetables.
Spoon over rice or on top, or eat by itself. Enjoy the jiggle!


[email protected]: Chinese Calligraphy. Watch artist and educator, Nori Shirasu, provide a brief introduction to Chinese calligraphy. Learn about Basic Chinese characters, the essential tools for calligraphy, along with a demonstration at the end!


[email protected]: Continuing our introduction of our We Are Here: Contemporary Art and Asian Voices in Los Angeles, artists, we are proud for you to meet, Ahree Lee. As a child of Korean immigrants raised American, Ahree Lee looks to the past and across distances to investigate what constitutes an individual or collective identity in an increasingly diasporic, culturally alienated and fractured world. Lee uses algorithms to transform imagery like daily self-portraits, home movies, and other image archives that she finds or creates. Her work aggregates these fragments into a new sum that is greater than its parts using contemporary time-based mediums such as video, sound, and interactivity. Lee’s artworks uncover personal links to ongoing inquiries about who and what is integral to social and technological change. Her recent work investigates how invisible labor, specifically work that has traditionally been done by women, is essential to the life of economic systems. Lee’s handwoven textiles merge weaving and computer coding. Through research and process, Lee reveals a history of connection: the first computers were based on the technology of the loom. Reactivating the link between weaving and computing, Lee’s weavings and computer-generated videos draw on code, algorithms, and self-generated labor data.
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Gallery@PAM: Artist Gallery Talks 🗣🌸Saturday, April 11th, 2020 at 2:30PMJoin us online via zoom!Connect with exhibited a...

[email protected]: Artist Gallery Talks 🗣🌸
Saturday, April 11th, 2020 at 2:30PM
Join us online via zoom!
Connect with exhibited artist Ahree Lee from We Are Here: Contemporary Art and Asian Voices in LA as she discusses her work in an informal and intimate gallery talk series.
Please RSVP to receive a Zoom meeting invitation.

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[email protected]: USC PAM's first drive-thru donation initiative to acquire medical supplies for our USC affiliate health care providers was a huge success!

Yesterday hospital administrators picked up the following community donations from USC PAM :
11,500 medical gloves
1,100 medical masks
1,050 medical foot coverings
40 bottles of hand sanitizer
30 pairs of safety goggles
12 antibacterial soaps
10 medical gowns
Thank you from the PAMily!


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Pasadena, CA

Metro Gold Line (Memorial Park Station)

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Thursday 11:00 - 20:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00
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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. Our mission is to further intercultural awareness and understanding through the arts. Each day, we strive to be a vibrant destination of the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands that ignites intellectual curiosities and cultivates creative collaborations. Come explore the engaging and interactive opportunities we offer, including exhibitions, festivals, and workshops for visitors of all ages!

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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!!
Thank you guys again! Here's the full video from the event.
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 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🌸.