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Free one-day workshop for educators at the Huntington Library on Chinese and Japanese gardens

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Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

The USC U.S.-China Institute invites educators to join us for Japanese and Chinese Gardens: Core Features, Functions, and American Adaptations

DateSaturday, October 17, 2015
Time8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Cost: FREE! RSVP and deposit required. Details below. 


Japanese-style gardens were introduced to the United States at the 1876 Centennial Exposition and are widely-distributed across America. Kendall Brownwill review this history, looking at these gardens, the people who built and supported them, and the ideas they conveyed. Brown teaches in the art department at California State University, Long Beach and is a leading authority on Japanese gardens. He's the author of Japanese-style Gardens of the Pacific West Coast (1999) and Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America (2013). Brown is president of the North American Japanese Garden Association and served as curator of exhibitions, programs and collections at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. 

Chinese gardens also have a long history in the U.S., but are not so widely-distributed. Duncan Campbell will talk about Chinese gardens in China and in the U.S. He'll discuss their design and function in pre-modern China and the roles they play in China and elsewhere today. Campbell is the curator of the Huntington's Chinese garden (Liu fang yuan, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance) and director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies. He previously taught Chinese studies at Australian National University. His many publications include "The Cultivation of Exile: Qi Biaojia and his Allegory Mountain," "The Gardens of His Youth: Extracts from Zhang Dai's Dream Memories of Taoan," "Peking: A City where Splendor Once Lingered," and the forthcoming The Dumbarton Oaks Anthology of Chinese Garden Literature.

Participants will also be given extended tours of the Huntington's Japanese and Chinese gardens. 

Space is limited to 40 participants. A $30 deposit is required to reserve your place at the seminar. This deposit will be returned to you at the conclusion of the workshop. Make your check payable to USC and mail it to Garden Workshop, USC US-China Institute, 3502 Watt Way ASC G24, Los Angeles, California 90089-0281. Put yourself on the wait list by clicking here. We will confirm your reservation once we've received your check and mail the check back if spots are full.