East Asia in the Community

Rhode Island is home to an array of resources and communities that celebrate East Asia's cultures and  heritage.  

Close to home, Brown's Haffenreffer Museum houses substantial collections of ethnographic and archeaological materials, as well as textual and visual holdings, including some wonderful (and surprising) items related to East Asia.

The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum in Providence houses a rich collection of sculpture, textiles and other materials from East Asia; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller collection of Japanese flower and bird prints is a unique and wonderful resource.

Two local celebrations of the area's connections to East Asia bear mentioning. The annual Black Ships Festival in Newport celebrates Commodore Matthew C. Perry's role in ushering in a new era in Japan's relationships with the Western World with several days of cultural actvities,  performances, and exhibitions.

Rhode Island's Chinese Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival in Pawtucket is another annual event, this one featuring day-long series of professional and amateur races in the Blackstone River, as well as performances and activities celebrating Chinese culture.