Both Here and There: Yale-China and a Century of Transformative Encounters

September 02, 2010 - October 11, 2010

This fall, the Museum of Chinese in America explores the hundred-year history of the Yale-China Association and the personal narratives behind its long history of cross-cultural exchange. Both Here and There: Yale-China and a Century of Transformative Encounters includes personal accounts, images, and artifacts that together explore the profound power of grassroots exchange on communities, cultures, and individuals an ocean apart.

 

 

Since 1901, the Yale-China Association has built U.S.-China relations through programs in education, health, public service, and the arts. Both Here and There presents personal accounts, images, and artifacts that together explore the profound power of grassroots exchange on communities, cultures, and individuals an ocean apart. Regardless of the shore to which they traveled, those who took the journey between the United States and China found their lives forever altered by their experiences. For many, Yale-China programs deeply shaped their sense of identity and produced a lasting empathy for their adopted culture. Whether they returned home or remained, the experience influenced their personal and professional lives, and collectively, new levels of understanding guided the direction of Chinese-American relations in the 20th century. Their stories are told through photography, oral history, and film, including rare footage from early twentieth century China.