Melissa Chiu, Museum Director and Curator for Contemporary Asian and Asian-American art at the Asia Society, has had a long involvement with Asian contemporary art and is recognized as a leading authority in the field. Prior to working at the Asia Society, she served as the founding Director of the Asia-Australia Arts Centre in Sydney, a non-profit contemporary art center devoted to promoting dialogue in the Asia-Pacific region among artists, writers, curators and filmmakers.
Additionally, Ms. Chiu has curated over thirty exhibitions with artists from Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Thailand and Japan, among others. She was a founding member of the Asian Contemporary Art Consortium and a driving force behind the establishment of Asian Contemporary Art Week, which will mark its sixth year in New York next Spring.
Melissa Chiu received her B.A. from the University of Western Sydney and her M.A. from the College of Fine Arts, University of South Wales. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Western Sydney and has authored many artist monographs and conference papers and has published widely in journals, magazines and for exhibition catalogues. Ms. Chiu has been a faculty member of the Rhode Island School of Design where she taught Asian contemporary art and design. She has also served on a number of boards and grant panels, including the New York State Council on the Arts, Museums Grant Committee and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Question: What is your counsel?
Melissa Chiu: I think the one issue which relates in some ways to my comments about cultural sensitivity, is that many of the world’s problems I think would be prevented if we were to just simply put ourselves in another’s shoes, especially when it comes to conflict resolution. I think that there are many times when we can’t see the other person’s point of view. And if we did, I think we wouldn’t find ourselves in the kind of trouble that we are in today. So that would be my one comment that . . . that in fact . . . you know . . . let’s . . . let’s try and put ourselves in the other person’s shoes.
Recorded on: Jul 11 2007