Art Exhibit Series

Precious Driftwood

Within the houses of six families in the New Haven area, Chinese heirlooms, documents, and objets d’art sit on mantels, adorn walls, and rest in 20th century steamer trunks. They are treasured artifacts of their owners’ stories—tangible heritage that accompanied families as they traversed the Pacific Ocean, culture to culture, generation to generation. Now, whether through affinity for the trans-Pacific spirit of Yale-China’s work or just by chance, these pieces have arrived at the Yale-China Association. We invite you to marvel at them both for what they are and for what they represent.

Precious Driftwood: Stories of China, Migration, and New Haven, Yale-China’s exhibit from November 10, 2014 through July 31, 2015, features the narratives of individuals and their families in the greater New Haven area—some began in China and others began in the United States. This collection of precious objects illuminates the diversity of the Chinese diaspora and the people who worked side-by-side with their overseas peers seeking to create a more multicultural community in a time of world wars and xenophobic demonstrations on both sides of the ocean.

This exhibit is on view from November 10, 2014 through July 31, 2015 at Yale-China Association's Bierwirth Room, 442 Temple Street in New Haven, Connecticut.

To make an appointment to view the exhibit, please email or call 203-432-0884.

Estelle Mae Bell Fields
Franklin and Shwen Dji Yu Ho
Mary C. Hu
Clara Shen
James and Charlotte Williams
King-lui and Vivian Wu

Special Thanks
The family of Estelle Mae Bell Fields
The family of Franklin and Shwen Dji Yu Ho
The family of Mary C. Hu
Doris Lin
The family of Clara Shen
Su Wei
The family of James and Charlotte Williams
Vivian Wu

About the Art Exhibit Series
As part of Yale-China’s mission of fostering understanding between Chinese and Americans, the art exhibit series presents art and artists who explore elements, subjects, or themes inspired by Yale-China’s work at the intersection of Chinese and American arts and culture.

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