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Asian Art & Global Culture

Yin Yu Tang, A Chinese House

Recommended for Grades K-12

Students have the unique opportunity to explore a traditional Chinese home in the United States. Built late in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) in a rural village in China’s Anhui Province, this residence was home to the Huang family for more than 200 years. It was moved piece by piece and re-erected at the Peabody Essex Museum over a seven-year period. Whether your students are studying art motifs, Chinese culture or world history, this program is certain to be a unique and exciting educational experience.

Grades K-5 explore the everyday life of a Chinese family living in rural China for the last 200 years by examining household objects, architecture and decorative art.

Grades 6-12 explore the architecture and symbolic decorative elements of a traditional Chinese home and how the impact of economic and political upheavals in China over the last century affected Yin Yu Tang and led to its relocation to the Peabody Essex Museum.

Students can preview the house online. When you book a school visit to Yin Yu Tang, you will receive a DVD to preview in your classroom.

Tours of Yin Yu Tang can be paired with a number of other program options. For groups visiting for just one hour, one half of the group examines the everyday life of the Chinese merchant's family in Yin Yu Tang, while the other half explores celebration in Chinese art in the exhibition Double Happiness: Celebration in Chinese Art.

A Two Merchants' Homes tour is also available. Compare and contrast Yin Yu Tang and the Gardner-Pingree House – two homes built for merchants 200 years ago and thousands of miles apart. Students consider why the houses look the way they do and what that tells us about their inhabitants and the times and places in which they lived. The Gardner-Pingree House may not available during winter months.

Time: One hour | 50 students maximum


Related Standards

This tour aligns with or supports the following standards:

Common Core ELA- Literacy
Reading (R): Anchor Standards 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 
Speaking and Listening (SL): Anchor Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
Language (L): Anchor Standard 6

National Core Arts Standards
Visual Arts Anchor Standards 7, 8, 10, 11

Massachusetts Visual Arts Standards
Grades 2–4 Standards 6.1
Grades 5–8 Standards 6.3, 6.4
Grades 9–12 Standards 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 7.7, 7.10

Massachusetts History and Social Science Standards
Grade 2 Standards 2,1, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9
Grade 4 Standards 4.1, 4.2, 4.7
Grades 8–12 Standards WHI.23, WHI.24, WHII.13, WHII.32, WHII.33, WHII.34



Exploring Asian Art 

Recommended for Grades K-8

What are some of the important ideas, symbols and designs in art made in China, Japan and India? Students closely examine paintings, sculptures, photographs and objects from everyday life and work collaboratively in gallery activities to gain a deeper understanding of artwork from these countries. The tour includes stops in Double Happiness: Celebration in Chinese Art, the Japanese Art Gallery, MegaCity: India's Culture of the Streets and select Asian Export Art galleries. For curriculum materials related to Chinese and Japanese art, please click here.

Time: One hour to 90 minutes | 60 students maximum


Related Standards

This tour aligns with or supports the following standards:

Common Core ELA- Literacy
Reading (R): Anchor Standards 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 
Speaking and Listening (SL): Anchor Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
Language (L): Anchor Standard 6

National Core Arts Standards
Visual Arts Anchor Standards 7, 8, 10, 11

Massachusetts Visual Arts Standards
Grades K–4 Standards 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1
Grades 5–8 Standards 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 2.10, 5.5, 5.6, 6.3, 6.4

Massachusetts History and Social Science Standards
Grade 4 Standards 4.3, 4.7



Identity and Global Culture

Recommended for Grades 6-12

Students explore personal and cultural identity through a variety of works by artists from around the world. Engaging in dialogue, gallery activities and reflection, students examine works of art through lenses of geography, socio-political change, nature, literature, personal histories and cultural heritage. Students discover the ever-evolving nature of art and culture by delving deeper into individual artists' innovative perspectives and sources of inspiration.

The tour may also include PEM's Japanese Art gallery and the exhibitions All the Flowers are for Me, Importing Splendor: Luxuries from China, Raven's Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast, MegaCity: India's Culture of the Streets and Yoan Capote: Immanence (on view through October 22).

Time: One hour | 50 students maximum