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dc.contributor.authorCheng, Qingen_US
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 9154502
dc.description.abstractTraditional Chinese architecture was introduced to the United States through the flourishing trade with the Far East from the late eighteenth century. However, systematic interpretation of Chinese architecture exhibits in American museums didn't begin until the 1940s. This thesis documents the efforts of two museums to interpret historic Chinese architecture in the United States: the Peabody Essex Museum, where the Yin Yu Tang House, a Huizhou-style vernacular house, is preserved; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, whose Astor Court is a recreation of a Ming Dynasty-style, Chinese-garden courtyard. The thesis aims to understand how the museums interpret the content, history, and physical appearance of these exhibits to their visitors through on-site interpretation, gallery display and outreach programs. Some feasible ways to improve the interpretations and outreach programs of the two Chinese architecture exhibits are also addressed after reexamining the current limitations.en_US
dc.subjectmuseum interpretationen_US
dc.subjectChinese historic architectureen_US
dc.subjecthistoric preservation planningen_US
dc.titleEast Meets West: Interpreting Chinese Historic Architecture In American Museumsen_US
dc.typedissertation or thesisen_US Preservation Planning Universityen_US of Arts, Historic Preservation Planning
dc.contributor.chairTomlan, Michael Andrewen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCampanella, Thomas J.en_US

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