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Video: Symposium Further Uncovers 'Secrets of the Sea'

An artifact from Asia Society Museum's 'Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia' exhibition on display in New York on April 21, 2017. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
by Michelle FlorCruz
28 April 2017

Last week, Asia Society hosted a symposium on Asia Society Museum's spring exhibition Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in AsiaRegina Krahl, a London-based independent researcher of Chinese art, kicked off the discussion on Friday evening at Asia Society with a keynote address discussing the cargo of the Belitung shipwreck and the maritime trade routes of ninth century Asia. 

Watch Krahl's full presentation from Asia Society in the video below:

The conversation continued the following day at Columbia University. The daylong meeting of minds included the following speakers and moderators: Bryan Averbuch, professor at City University of New York — Staten Island, Dora Ching, associate director of the Tang Center for East Asian Art, John Guy, curator of South and Southeast Asian art at The Met, Derek Heng, senior honorary fellow at the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, François Louis, professor at the Bard Graduate Center, Victor Mair, professor at University of Pennsylvania, Adriana Proser, John H. Foster Senior Curator for Traditional Asian Art at the Asia Society Museum, and Liu Yang, curator and head of the department of Asian Art at The Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Watch the various symposium panels at Columbia University in the videos below:

The symposium marked the first academic gathering in the United States of these artifacts and was co-organized by Asia Society and the Tang Center for Early China at Columbia University.