The New England states in the northeastern USA are sprinkled with small towns and old, historic homes that have stood on their foundations for centuries. As you can imagine each of those historic houses have fascinating stories to tell for travelers who visit them.
Did you know that there is one house that stands out from among them all? Did you know that there is one authentic Chinese-built merchants mansion that you can visit without even leaving the borders of the USA?
I refer to the one and only Yin Yu Tang, a late Qing dynasty merchant's house that was originally built in southeastern China’s Anhui province and moved to the campus of the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts USA.
As our celebration of Chinese culture and civilization continues I’ll be welcoming Daisy Yiyou Wang, Ph.D., curator of Chinese and East Asian Art at PEM on the upcoming Saturday, August 5 show. She oversees the museum’s Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections.
In an earlier chapter in her life, Wang was a Smithsonian Post-Doctoral fellow, a Getty Museum Leadership Fellow and a grant reviewer for the Getty Research Institute and the Smithsonian.
Wang earned her Ph.D. in Art History from Ohio University, her M.A. in English Literature and her B.A. in International Law and Affairs from the University of International Relations in Beijing.
Before she joined the staff of the Peabody Essex Museum, Wang served as Chinese Art Specialist at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery where she contributed to a number of exhibitions.
Wang is also a published author. Her publications cover topics ranging from Buddhist art to contemporary art and the history of collecting Chinese art.
Known for her passion for sharing professional best practices and developing new partnerships, Wang founded the American Alliance of Museums’ China Program. This is the largest annual US-China museum professional exchange program.
Wang is also working on a major traveling exhibition with the Palace Museum in Beijing about women in the Forbidden City. Yes -I have invited her to return to the show to tell us more. We'll have details for you when they are available.
Guess what? You can personally visit Yin Yu Tang at the Peabody Essex Museum. Go to this link to learn how. You can also visit the house online! Go to this link and begin your tour.
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