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China and Beyond: The Legacy of a Culture


This project contributed to research on the three significant collections of Chinese art in British Columbia, a province in which Chinese-Canadians have had and continue to have important influence on the larger society. The collections are held at the Vancouver Museum, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery at the University of Victoria.

The project was first exhibited at the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery, University of Victoria, from September 3, 2002, to December 24, 2002. The following exhibit at the Vancouver Museum (to September 1, 2003) helped visitors understand China’s broader cultural legacy.

A catalogue was produced to complement the exhibition and to provide resource material for the Comparative Civilizations curriculum in BC high schools. Dr. Po Ting Ip made a generous donation to assist with the publication of this catalogue and to cover the costs associated with providing free catalogues and sets of educational questions to all of the public secondary schools in B.C., as well as to private schools and colleges in the Vancouver area.

A symposium entitled "The Far-reaching Legacy of Chinese Ceramics" was held at the University of Victoria in September 2002. The keynote speaker was Ms. Jan Stuart, Associate Curator of Porcelains, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and the other speakers included Ms. Paula Swart, Dr. Erica Dodd, and Dr. Judith Patt. Dr. Liscomb held a workshop for teachers from Victoria, Saanich and Sooke, and Ms. Swart conducted for teachers in the Vancouver area. With assistance from History in Art graduate student Justyna Krol, the Vancouver Museum provided tours and educational materials for the general public, ESL students, and young students.

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