Join Prof. Patty Chu at the National Gallery of Art Monday


Prof. Patty Chu will be giving a lunchtime lecture titled "Narratives of Return: An Asian American Photographic Odyssey," at the National Gallery of Art on Monday, May 17. The talk will be in the East (I.M. Pei) Wing, Small Auditorium, at 12:10 and again at 1:10. It runs 30 minutes, with time for Q&A.

Here is what Patty says about the lecture:

As a scholar of Asian American literature, I study "Narratives of Return" in which Asian emigrants and their descendants visit Asia in search of ancestral connections. As part of this work, I returned to China in 2010 to meet with family members and explore family history and Chinese culture, accompanied by Lee Ewing, my husband, and our children. This lunchtime talk, illustrated with Lee's digitally innovative photography [see example above], will explore the work of constructing the stories and images that comprise a family's cultural legacy.

Directions by subway: Take the Red Line toward Silver Spring to the stop at Judiciary Square. Take the South entrance (courthouse, not Architecture Museum). When you come up from the escalator, you should see a Firehook bakery on your left. Go straight/south toward Pennsylvania Ave. Cross Pennsylvania, enter the modernist East Wing on your left, and ask for the small auditorium.

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