The Portland State University Institute for Asian Studies is pleased to partner with the dedicated volunteers of the Portland LanSu Chinese Garden to present an on-going monthly program
- First Saturday: an East Asian Program Series -
This series features lectures on the gardens, architecture, art and historical culture of China and East Asia and showcases connections with the Pacific NW.
Lectures are free and open to public.
Saturday, May 5, 9:30-11:00am | Location: PSU College of Urban Affairs Bldg, Rm250*
Presenter: Ina Asim, Ph.D., Associate Professor of pre-modern Chinese history at the Univ. of Oregon
Topic: Reaching Across the Continents: a Sampling of Plants from China which Influenced the Gardens of Europe and the Gardening World.
When the early 20th-century plant hunter Ernest H. Wilson published a book on his collecting expeditions in China, he titled it "Mother of Gardens" and stated “for of the countries to which our gardens are most deeply indebted, she holds the foremost place.” China earned this epithet for good reason: the country is home to some 31,000 native plant species, a third more than the U.S. and Canada combined, and many of these species are endemic to China. Gardens throughout the world today are graced with flowering plants that originated in China.
Dr. Ina Asim, a professor from the University of Oregon will share a part of her recent study on gardens of China and how Chinese plants have become an integral part of the formal and everyday gardens outside of China. Please join us on this journey as look into another window for beauty and meaning.
* The PSU College of Urban Affairs is locatied at 506 SW Mill Street between 5th & 6th Avenues, Portland (on the Streetcar and Yellow and Green MAX lines.
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To learn more about this First Saturday East Asian Program Series click here.
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