Winnie Wong, Professor

Closed (1) Chinese Visual Culture for the West (1700-1850)

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

This is an ongoing historical research project on the visual culture produced by Chinese painters in Guangzhou, China, for European and American markets during the period of the Canton Trade (1700-1850). The project looks at issues of artistic labor in Guangzhou, the role of transnational merchants, and the Western contexts of artistic and scientific images.

1) Guided research on visual materials (especially of Chinese botanicals and birds) in museum collections, private collections, published and digital sources. 2) Guided research on primary materials in a variety of historical European-language sources (including memoirs, auctions, letters, travelogues, etc.).

Qualifications: A junior with interest in art history, history, history of science, visual studies or similar concentrations preferred. Reading and typing ability in Chinese. Knowledge of Cantonese or Fujianese dialects, or Portuguese or Spanish languages, is desirable.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Closed (2) Hong Kong Art and Visual Culture

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

A collaboration with the Asian Art Museum, this project researches the art and visual culture of Hong Kong, in its history and present.

1) Guided research in the collection and digital archiving of art and visual culture in and of Hong Kong.
2) Research on English- and Chinese-language scholarly resources on contemporary Hong Kong culture, including related scholarship on art, graphic arts, design, social media, photography, film, and literature.

Qualifications: 2nd- or 3rd-year students in art history, film, anthropology, history, environmental design, East Asian languages and cultures, media studies, or related majors preferred. Advanced reading and writing skills in mandarin and cantonese Chinese required.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Closed (3) Translation and Local History of Guangzhou

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

This project centers on the daily diary of a literatus in early modern Guangzhou, China. Through reading and translating the diary, we examine the everyday life of an urbane gentleman, his navigation of an early modern city and its social networks. We see the centrality of painting, poetry, music, and calligraphy in novel and diverse social worlds, from the academic to the mercantile, from the official to the profane.

1) Guided reading and writing across Chinese and English. 2) Directed research in recent scholarship on local Guangzhou history. 3) Indexing and digital visualizations projects.

Qualifications: 2nd- or 3rd-year students with an interest in early modern history of China, history of Chinese traditional art, and the history of Guangzhou. Proficiency in classical Chinese, mandarin Chinese, and Cantonese dialect is necessary.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Closed (4) Artists' Communities

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

Research on the history of Bay Area artists' communities, utilizing archival, visual culture, and oral history sources.

Guided research on archival resources, including oral history and visual materials.

Possible guided research (pandemic depending) utilizing site visits, artist interviews, and studio visits.

Qualifications: Some coursework in art history or art practice. Basic library search experience. Resourcefulness and curiosity Ability to engage and listen to other

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs