Art Exhibit Series

Both Here and There: Yale-China and a Century of Transformative Encounters

Yale-China presented Both Here and There: Yale-China and a Century of Transformative Encounters, an exploration of the one hundred and ten year history of the Yale-China Association and the personal narratives behind its long history of cross-cultural exchange. Both Here and There: Yale-China and a Century of Transformative Encounters includes personal accounts, images, and artifacts that together explore the profound power of grassroots exchange on communities, cultures, and individuals an ocean apart.

Regardless of the shore to which they traveled, those who took the journey between the United States and China found their lives forever altered by their experiences. For many, Yale-China programs deeply shaped their sense of identity and produced a lasting empathy for their adopted culture. Whether they returned home or remained, the powerful influence in their personal and professional lives led them, in turn, to influence new levels of understanding and guide the direction of Chinese-American relations in the 20th century.

Their stories were told through photography, oral history, and film, including rare footage from early twentieth century China.

“The lives chronicled in this exhibit tell a greater story—one that explores the fundamental desire to be understood,” says Yale-China Executive Director Nancy Yao Maasbach. “The sentiment of Both Here and There reminds us that we do not have to choose a singular identity.”

The exhibit has been shown at the Museum of Chinese in America, New Haven Museum, and is currently in the Yale-China office in Hong Kong.

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