Asian America and Empathy: Understanding the Chinese American Experience through the Art of Flo Oy Wong
Date of Graduation
Project/Capstone - Global access
Master of Arts in Museum Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
This capstone examines how the work of Chinese American artist Flo Oy Wong could be an impetus for dialogue for creating empathy for the Asian American experience. The capstone briefly discusses Chinese American history as the Chinese are one of the earliest immigrant groups to the United States and Asian American art history which demonstrates the role of art for Asian Americans. It also describes the importance of empathy in society and how some museums today are trying to apply empathy to serve their communities. Within this framework, I discuss artist Flo Oy Wong whose ability to tell stories about her experience as a Chinese American and the experiences of other immigrants can create empathy for Asian Americans. I conclude with a proposal for a hypothetical dual exhibition of her work and other Asian American women artists’ work that builds on these themes. I intend this project to be a cornerstone for the field of museum studies by addressing the lack of representation of Asian American artists in public arts institutions.
Wong, Brienne, "Asian America and Empathy: Understanding the Chinese American Experience through the Art of Flo Oy Wong" (2018). Master's Projects and Capstones. 880.