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Yin Yu Tang House

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During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), a prosperous merchant surnamed Huang built a stately sixteen-bedroom house in China’s southeastern Huizhou region, calling his home Yin Yu Tang.

Register for Yin Yu Tang House

Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house, was brought to America and re-erected at the Peabody Essex Museum. Diana Y. Chou will take you on a virtual tour, when you explore the Huang family ancestral home, you will gain a rare perspective on Chinese art, architecture, and culture. The house provides unrivaled opportunities to explore the artistic and cultural heritage of rural China and the multi-faceted, often surprising, connections between Asia and America.

About the Presenter

Diana Y. Chou joined PEM in 2022 to serve as the Consulting Curator for Yin Yu Tang. In her role, she spearheaded the development of a new gallery for the 200-year-old house which was built in China and re-erected on PEM’s campus in 2003. Chou is working with PEM education and civic engagement staff to develop a robust series of public programs related to the house.

Chou previously worked at the San Diego Museum of Art, where she reinstalled multiple galleries for Asian and Islamic Art and curated several special exhibitions on Japanese and Indian art. Chou held curatorial roles at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, the Dayton Art Institute, and National Museum of History in Taipei. She previously taught various subjects of Chinese and Asian Art History at the University of California, San Diego, Cleveland State University, and John Carroll University. Chou holds a Ph.D. in Chinese Art History from the University of Kansas. 

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