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Arts without Borders: Voices from Asia

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 8am to 10am

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As Earth’s largest continent, Asia is made up of 50 countries with a population of 4.6 billion and nearly 2,300 languages. With art as the medium, we invite you to join us on a journey to appreciate the diversity of Asian cultures. As art and culture often transcend geographical and political borders, let’s discover together how Asian art can resonate with the many cultures around the world.


The Silk Road: Trade in the ancient world
Trade not just of goods, but of technologies and ideas which enhanced civilizations.
Mary M. Mead, PhD
San Francisco Asian Art Museum

Drink it up—a sip of the Chinese liquor culture
From wine cups to different liquors, let’s dwell into the host culture, ceremony, by using liquor culture as an entry point.
Yue Leng, MD, PhD
UCSF, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health

Bamboo: a musical instrument, harmonization across nations
Everyone knows bamboo as a plant with many benefits. Bamboo unites humans and nature through music.
Yuda Taruna, MD, PhD & Fasihah Irfani Fitri-Kedokteran, MD
Atma Jaya Neuroscience and Cognitive Center, Indonesia
Universitas Sumatera Utara, Indonesia

From stinking tofu to the Han imperial feast, a call for all your senses in Asian gustatory arts
From different emblematic and surprising Asian gustatory arts, we invite all your senses to discover a rich and heterogeneous culture.
Yaohua Chen, MD, PhD
University of Lille, France
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health

Architecture for worship: Buddhist temples in Asia
The typologies of Buddhist temple architectures are complex depending on where they are built.
Emi Kiyota, PhD
Ibasho Organization, Japan/Nepal/Philippines/Ivory Coast
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health

Calligraphy: Art and culture through penmanship
Han dynasty philosopher, Yang Xiong, said, “Words are the voices of the mind; Calligraphy is the painting of the heart.”
Boon Lead Tee, MD, MSc
UCSF Memory and Aging Center
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health

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