Date of Graduation

Fall 12-14-2018

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Museum Studies

College/School

College of Arts and Sciences

Department/Program

Museum Studies

First Advisor

Marjorie Schwarzer

Second Advisor

Paula Birnbaum

Abstract

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.

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