The five exhibits are:
Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China, Boston Children’s Museum (MA)
Developed by Boston Children’s Museum, Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China is a traveling exhibit that invites visitors to explore contemporary Chinese life and culture through children in the city of Hangzhou. Four young people with different interests and talents serve as guides through the exhibition, introducing visitors to important elements of their daily lives. Through these children and related activities, visitors gain new awareness and understanding of Chinese culture and what it means to be Chinese. Exhibit signage is presented in English, Spanish, and Chinese, with audio components offered in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Children's China: Celebrating Culture, Character and Confucius, The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum (MO)
Developed by The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum with the Confucius Institute at Webster University and CHARACTERplus, Children’s China is a 1,500-square-foot exhibit that showcases unique environments significant to children in China today, yet illustrates the values that Confucius taught 2,500 years ago. Integrating timeless traditions, contemporary customs, character education and imaginative play, Children’s China portrays the present-day activities that Chinese families practice, as well as their roots in Confucius’ teachings. Designed for children ages 3 through 12, the exhibit incorporates Confucius’ quotes, hands-on activities, innovative technology and authentic artifacts to give visitors an understanding of Confucius' impact on modern Chinese life.
Hello from Japan!, Children’s Museum of Manhattan (NY)
Hello from Japan!, a 1,500 sq. ft. exhibition presents a bustling modern Tokyo street that bridges to a tranquil Shinto shrine, contrasting a modern “Kawaii” esthetic with traditional motifs and customs. The contrast between urban high-tech “cute” and ancestral customs rooted in nature shows how Japanese culture values history, while maintaining a strong taste for the vanguard, a society where the past, present and future harmoniously coexist.
Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose (CA)
Through the interactive experiences and programming of Voyage to Vietnam, children soak up the essence of Tết—its sights, sounds, stories, textures and experiences. Providing multiple entry points for visitors of all ages to engage personally in authentic Vietnamese culture, Voyage to Vietnam will be scalable from 924 sq.ft. to1,500 sq.ft. to accommodate venues with varying capacity. The exhibit will incorporate Vietnamese-inspired materials, color palette, and an immersive marketplace experience with elements such as bamboo, fabric, umbrellas, plank bed and scripts and fonts that evoke modern Vietnamese calligraphy. Fabrication strategies include using banners rather than painted walls; video backdrops as set-pieces, digital narratives demonstrating cultural practices, and collapsible steel “carts” for shipping the exhibit, reducing the crate storage for the exhibit’s square footage.
Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea, Children’s Museum of Houston (TX)
South Korea is among the most successful countries in modern-day commerce and an important trade and political partner for the United States and other nations. Koreans guide their lives by values rooted in Confucianism—respect for parents and elders; the importance of scholarship; loyalty to family, friends and community; and hospitality. The Heart and Seoul exhibit will use ancient folktales as well as current day personal stories told by Korean children to engage visitors in learning about these time-honored cultural values and life in South Korea’s highly urbanized and technologically advanced society.