May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and a South Florida curator shares her culture through artwork at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.
Wendy Lo is the Curator of Education at the Delray Beach location. Her parents are Chinese immigrants, but she was born and raised in Miami. Her love and passion for sharing her Asian heritage brought her to the museum 13 years ago.
Lo told NBC 6 that she loves sharing her culture, but it’s not always easy.
“Asians were very rare in Miami. So sometimes it was hard growing up there because you were bullied because you were Asian and different,” she said.
Eventually, she continued her studies in international business at Florida International University with a focus on Asian studies. Lo then became an English teacher in Japan. Three years later, she moved back to South Florida and got a job at the museum.
“What makes America wonderful is that we have such a melting pot of cultures and people and we bring the value of each other’s food and customs and weave that into what the America,” she said.
In a new exhibition titled “Beyond the Walls,” five Japanese and Asian American artists share their cultural heritage and identities through massive works.
The titled exhibition will be on until September 25. For more information, click on this link.