Garden Speaker Series
Chinese Houses in Southeast Asia:
The Eclectic Architecture of Sojourners and Settlers, with Dr. Ronald G. Knapp
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017
Time: 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Price: $15 General | $10 Students/Members
Expert of the cultural and historical geography of China, Dr. Ronald G. Knapp will talk about the eclectic Chinese houses he visited during his research for the book Chinese Houses in Southeast Asia: The Eclectic Architecture of Sojourners and Settlers.
Chinese migrants in Southeast Asia make up a large part of the world’s cultural diasporas. Dr. Knapp and photographer A. Chester Ong went on several lengthy field excursions in search of century-old homes built by successful Chinese sojourners and settlers in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Nearly forty well-preserved and stunningly beautiful homes that combine Chinese, European, and local influences are featured in Dr. Knapp’s book. The tales of the immigrants’ achievements are told through the fascinating account of architectural multiculturalism.
Dr. Knapp will be signing copies of the following titles, and they are available for purchase at the Garden:
Chinese Bridges: Living Architecture from China's Past
Chinese Houses in Southeast Asia: The Eclectic Architecture of Sojourners and Settlers
Things Chinese: Antiques, Crafts, Collectibles
About Dr. Ronald G. Knapp
Author, editor, and contributor of more than 20 titles, Dr. Ronald G. Knapp (PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1968) has been carrying out research on the cultural and historical geography of China since 1965. From 1968 to 2001, Dr. Knapp taught in the Department of Geography at the State University of New York, New Paltz, and became the Chairman in 1995. Dr. Knapp is a SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus.