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These exhibits are available for viewing during normal library hours.
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2014 Asia Exhibits

These exhibits are available for viewing during normal library hours. For more information on the Asia Collection, see

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Indian Arts and Architecture at Doris Duke's Shangri La

October 24, 2014 - January 31, 2015 - 4th floor of Hamilton Library

This exhibit celebrates the opening of the newly renovated Mughal Suite at Shangri La, former home of tobacco heiress Doris Duke, located at the foot of Diamond Head.

The Mughal dynasty was founded in the 16th century and continued through the mid-19th century when the British colonial regime deposed the last emperor. The most famous architectural example from the Mughal period is the Taj Mahal, built in 1632 by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

The images on display are objects of art in the Mughal Suite, such as a gold enameled boat, elephant, horse and peacock from the 19th century, and architectural features of the Mughal Suite, including drawings, photographs and correspondence between Doris Duke and Francis B. Blomfield - a well-known Delhi based architect.

Indian Arts and Architecture at Doris Duke's Shangri La

Presented by Maja Clark, Collections Manager, and Dawn Sueoka, Assistant Archivist, at Shangri La/Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Voices from Siam

Fall 2014

Siam (Thailand) is a kingdom with a rich history and thriving culture. This exhibit showcases Siam's wondrous stories as told by various people from around the world and from within the nation herself.

Each piece selected in this exhibit is unique and tells a story from Thailand's past. Together, all the pieces participate in a united conversation that explores the nation's greatness and the legacy it left for its future generations. We hope you enjoy this humble adventure. Sawadee and Aloha.

Voices from Siam

Top Panel: The Thai voice through the nation's cinema, highlighting the cherished film Nang Nak (Nonzee Nimibutr, 1999), which was adapted from the famed folktale of Mae Nak Phrakanong.

Middle Panel: King Chulalongkorn, Rama V (1853 - 1910) and his connections with people in different social strata from around the world, including Hawai'i's King Kalakaua. Thailand remains to be the only country in Southeast Asia to have never been physically colonized.

Bottom Panel: The Thai voice as expressed in contemporary Thai popular culture, epitomized by the rise and tragedy of one of Thailand's most famous country singers, Poompuang Duangjun (1961 -1992). She told the stories of Thailand's poor and the inequalities suffered by the Thai women, but, more importantly, was known to her fans for being "one of them."

Jingju 京剧 Beijing Opera - Lady Mu and the Yang Family Generals


Description of the play: The Yang family generals preserved the Song Dynasty through many battles, with Lady Mu Guiying leading the troops after the heroic deaths of most of the Yang men. Disillusioned by growing corruption, the Matriarch and Lady Mu Guiying, the remaining Yang family general, took the family from the court and retired to their ancestral home. After twenty years, barbarians once again threaten the borders, and the Minister of War Wang Qiang secretly plots with the invaders to unseat the Emperor and assume control. Suspicious, Minister Kou Zhun persuades the Emperor to hold a martial competition to select a Supreme Commander rather than appointing Wang’s son, and Lady Guiying’s teenage son and daughter emerge victors. The Emperor then calls on Lady Mu Guiying to take command and save the nation. Will she overcome her now-ingrained hatred of war and agree to lead? And if she does, will her children, unaccustomed to military law, be able to follow? Renowned Jingju master Mei Lanfang’s crowning artistic achievement explores issues such as personal ethics vs. familial & national duty, and the power of youthful exuberance vs. the wisdom of age, in a splendidly-costumed theatrical spectacle of acting, combat, dance, music and song.

Note: The description is provided by Professor Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak, Department of Theater and Dance, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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