Past Projects: East Asia and the Pacific

Youth Mission to Mars: Exploring Space to Address Sustainability on Earth (2015)

  • Space Center Houston, Houston, Texas
  • Cite de l’espace, Toulouse, France
  • Science Center, Singapore  
Space is a global enterprise. Space science and technology bring together people, resources, ideas and talents from many different countries and cultures from all over the world. Fifty disadvantaged students each from Houston, Texas; Toulouse, France; and Singapore, ages 15 – 16 will collaborate to plan a mission to establish a human base on Mars. They will investigate the cultural requirements for sustaining human life on Mars, develop a “chart of life on Mars,” and train on the basics of Mars science in order to design specific products or processes for providing the air, water, energy and nutrition needed to support human life on Mars. In the process, they will discover parallels between sustaining life on Mars and on Earth. By targeting disadvantaged youth and girls, the project aims to expose new audiences to the fascination of outer space. The students will collaborate throughout the year and participate in a three week STEM course consisting of engaging lessons and activities, videos of Mars scientists, learning games and student discussions. They will carry out team projects, culminating in a “Live the Mission” summit in Houston.

Cities of Peace: Chicago and Phnom Penh (2014)

  • Kraing Ta Chan Community Peace Learning Center, Kus Commune, Cambodia
  • Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago, Illinois

Teens in Chicago and Phnom Penh will engage in various justice practices, including advanced training for youth peace-builders, production of a documentary film, and a Youth Peace Summit in Phnom Penh, to advance social equality and community healing.

Cultural Repercussions of Climate Change in Two Communities: A Teenage Viewpoint (2014) 

  • National Museum of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The model WINS (Women in Natural Sciences) program at the Academy of Natural Sciences will serve as a launching point to empower high school girls in Philadelphia and Ulaanbaatar, working in partnership with scientists, to engage in a deeper understanding of climate education through scientific research, discovery, and enrichment; develop an after-school program curriculum about climate change; and will guide the visitor experience as Explainers in  both museums.

Defining Culture in Popular Culture (2014)

  • Pearl S. Buck Museum, Zhenjiang, China
  • Pearl S. Buck House National Historic Landmark, Perkasie, Pennsylvania

Using Pearl S. Buck as inspiration, high school students will unearth stereotypes and prejudices that persist today between the two cultures in the media and popular culture; participate in youth leadership training about creative problem-solving, global vision understanding, and strategic decision-making; and initiate a community service project to champion Buck’s ideals.

Ancient Shores, Changing Tides–Developing Local Archaeological Heritage Expertise (2013)

  • Palawan State University Museum, Palawan, Philippines
  • Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle, Washington

Local residents work together to develop resources to protect their fragile marine environments, preserve their archaeological heritage and revitalize traditional cultural practices while exploring methods for sustainable tourism.

Flag Stories: Citizenship Unbound (2013)

  • Islamic Art Museum of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, California

Youth from Muslim, intercultural, refugee and immigrant communities in Kuala Lumpur and San Francisco interpret flags and cultural insignia through hands-on art production and storytelling; create new visual and multimedia representations of national, personal and cultural identity; and present public artworks in target community locations.

Rethinking Home: Climate Change in New York and Samoa (2013)

  • Museum of Samoa, Apia, Samoa
  • American Museum of Natural History, New York City

Residents from both regions with homes in coastal areas impacted by hurricanes share their personal and community experiences through in-person dialogue sessions and virtual conversations to produce an online exhibition, a mobile app and cross-cultural educational resources to better adapt to changing weather patterns and manage the impact and resources in the aftermath of severe storms.

Coral Reef Ambassadors (2012)

  • National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, Checheng, Pingtung, Taiwan
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps, La Jolla, California

Classrooms in Pingtung and San Diego utilized live coral reef tanks representing systems from the two countries to engage youth in hands-on, cutting-edge science and develop cross-cultural research and conservation skills critical to the future of these crucial marine ecosystems.

Digital Skies Student Partnership (2012)

  • Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong
  • Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland, California

Cross-cultural teams from Oakland and Hong Kong explored differences and commonalities in Western and Chinese astronomy and participate in career development workshops that highlight career paths in astronomy and space sciences.

Muslim Women's Art and Voices (2012)

  • The Women's Museum in Denmark, Aarhus, Denmark
  • The Ayala Museum, Manila, Philippines
  • Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • International Museum of Women, San Francisco, California

Through an online exhibition, a new generation of Muslim women shared their perspectives and ideas, addressing myths and prejudices and fostering understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims in the U.S. and globally. Participants created and curated art and multimedia to raise public awareness in their communities and beyond about the richness and diversity of their lives, ideas and identities.

View the Muslima exhibition.

North-South: Art as a Tool to Mediate Political and Social Conflict (2012)

  • Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Gyeonggi-Do, Korea
  • Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, California

Teenagers living near the Demilitarized Zone in Korea and in neighborhoods affected by the Norteno-Sureno gang warfare in northern California explored the realities of one another's lives, reconsidered their environments from the perspectives of their peers abroad and created collaborative art that reflects their circumstances, identities and communities.

Visit Somona County Museum's North-South Vimeo page.

Past to Present: U.S.-Sino Bridge of Connection (2012)

  • Jianchuan Museum Cluster, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii

Using the era of American-Chinese collaboration in the 1940s as a backdrop, high school students acted as amateur historians, conducting research on the American Volunteer Group/Flying Tigers of the Chinese Air Force and interviewing elders in their communities about World War II and its impact.

iShare: Connecting Museums and Communities East and West (2010)

  • National Taiwan Museum, Taipei City, Taiwan
  • University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Boulder, Colorado

Two indigenous communities—Navajo Nation in the U.S. and the Paiwan people of Taiwan—guided the development of iShare, a collaborative online application intended to provide remote access to collections of tribal objects, document aspects of intangible cultural heritage and share information with the public.

Visit the iShare website.

Young Women Speaking the Economy (2010)

  • The Women’s Museum in Denmark, Aarhus, Denmark
  • The Ayala Museum, Makati City, Philippines
  • Sudanese Women's Museum, Omdurman, Sudan
  • International Museum of Women, San Francisco, California

Young women from four countries used social media and online applications to discuss their perspectives on everything from careers and work-life balance to weathering financial hardship and combating gender discrimination.

Visit the project's online exhibition.

Carrying Traditions Across the Waters of Time: Ainu & Pacific Northwest Cultural Collaborations (2009)

  • Ainu Association of Hokkaido, Sapporo, Japan
  • Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle, Washington

With a shared desire to preserve their unique cultures in a fast-paced, technologically advanced world, tribal representatives from indigenous coastal communities in Washington State and Sapporo, Japan worked together to preserve and promote traditional cultural knowledge for future generations.