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Thurs: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
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Thurs: 1—7:30 PM
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200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
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An Introduction to the Geography of Southeast Asia

Only in the past sixty years has “Southeast Asia” been used to refer to the region comprising modern-day Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines. Learn more.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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At the Table: Rice Paper Scissors

Valerie Luu and Katie Kwan of Rice Paper Scissors bring Vietnamese street food to California. For this Tasting Menu, they explore how food and fashion are passed down through generations — namely by our grandparents. Joining them is Andria Lo of local blog Chinatown Pretty, which celebrates the street style of seniors in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Pilipinx American Library Artist Retreat: Artist Spotlight: Erina Alejo

ERINA ALEJO is an educator, organizer and artist. Through ethnographic and archival frameworks, Alejo examines the role of the city, family and body in intergenerational memory, healing and trauma. Click to watch their Artist Spotlight 

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Introduction to Puppet Theater (Wayang) of Indonesia

For more than a thousand years Indonesians have used wayang theater as a method of addressing the conundrums of life. The lively puppet traditions of South and Southeast Asia have portrayed epic stories that shrank the cosmos down to a miniature world. The vast expanse of the earth could symbolically be reduced to the few feet of a puppet stage. The puppeteer’s lamp became the sun, throwing light on myriad creatures who, in their nobility or baseness, make up the world.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Making Indonesian Rod Puppets (lesson)

Students will: 1.) analyze the role of the puppet master (dalang) in Indonesian rod puppet theater (wayang golek). 2.) Read a summary of the Ramayana or a scene from this Hindu epic. 3.) Identify the different puppet character types. 4.) construct a rod puppet of a character from the Ramayana or the Mahabharata.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

Artwork

Throne for a Buddha image, 1850–1900

Throne for a Buddha image, 1850–1900. Burma. Lacquered and gilded wood and metal with mirror inlay. Gift from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Southeast Asian Art Collection, 2006.27.1.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Theatrical headdress for the magical deer

Theatrical headdress for the magical deer in the Story of Rama dance-drama, approx. 1950–1960, Central Thailand. Papier-mache, glass, and mixed media. Gift from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Southeast Asian Art Collection, 2006.27.10.9.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond