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East Asia Resources

East Asia Resources

Boston Children's Museum East Asia programs offer learning opportunities for families, educators, and students that include innovative curriculum, exhibits, professional development programs, websites and digital applications, and public programs. In partnership with the Harvard University Asia Center, the Museum offers a unique combination of scholarship and engaging informal learning.

Exhibits

Japanese House Exhibit
Step into the the Japanese House exhibit, at Boston Children’s Museum and travel into the past to an authentic and well-preserved traditional urban house from Kyoto, Japan. The house was originally built in the late 1800s and was once home to a silk merchant family in Kyoto’s Nishijin neighborhood, long famous for its silk weaving. The Japanese House exhibit opened to the public in April of 1980 and is now permanently housed in Boston Children’s Museum in recognition of our long history of educating the public about Japan. Few of these houses remain today in Japan and we are very lucky to have it preserved in the Museum.

Children of Hangzhou Travelling Exhibit
Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China was created by Boston Children’s Museum and is part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by Association of Children’s Museums. Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China presents four children from Hangzhou at home, at school, in the theater, and in the countryside. The Hangzhou young people will introduce themselves through media and the activities of their daily lives. Museum visitors will discover that Chinese life today mixes ancient traditions with modern lifestyles and that life in China is both similar to and different from life in North America. The young Chinese in the exhibit will be a bridge to learning about China and building cross-cultural understanding. The exhibit features original artwork created to present a unique Chinese aesthetic that delivers an immediate and unmistakable impression: You are in Hangzhou, China.

Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China was created by Boston Children’s Museum and is part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by Association of Children’s Museums.

Website

The Japanese house website was designed to engage elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, families and others interested in Japanese history, art, architecture and culture. Online users will find the website a dynamic way to virtually visit the house or a perfect preparation and follow up to their actual visit to the Japanese House exhibit at the Museum. The materials on the website are instructive and inspirational for users at all levels.

Interactive App

Created to complement five traveling exhibits funded by the Freeman Foundation, and focused on Asian culture “The League of Extraordinary Bloggers” introduces teen agents from Asian countries, who together take on challenges, and in the course of the game explore cities, and learn about the many languages, sites,and currencies. The compelling storyline encourages users to gather clues, take on the challenges and play the games. The manga-style artwork features a cool Asian aesthetic and highlights the individual personalities of each of the agents, while reducing stereotypes of kids in Asia.

The app provides children—especially older youth with active online lives—a developmentally-appropriate and engaging way to explore the cultural histories and icons introduced in the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series exhibits. The app can be downloaded at www.LXBGame.com.