Cho Wun, Clara Ma

Cho Wun, Clara Ma
2013
Major: 
Anthropology, Art & Art History (Art History)
Minor: 
Asian Studies
Hometown: 
Hong Kong, China
Activities: 
I am the president of the Chinese Culture Club. The position allows me to introduce Chinese culture to the SLU community. We organize celebrations of traditional Chinese festivals, such as Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese New Year. I am also the member of A.S.I.A (Asian Students Intercultural Association). Every year, as well as celebrating Diwali, Asian Night, we fundraise for charity projects that take place in Asia. This lets me learn more about Asian cultures and raise awareness of Asia in the campus. I also participate in the Anthropology Club, so I can further pursue my interests through discussions and research presentations.

In the 2011 Spring semester, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy. I took classes in painting restoration and Renaissance art history. Apart from Renaissance art, I have a strong interest in Buddhist art. During the spring break, I received the Travel Enrichment Grant from the CIIS office to go to the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum to study the Buddhist silk paintings from Dunhuang, China and compare the style with Gandhara and Mathura sculpture.

To further my interest in Medieval Chinese Buddhist art and its relation with Indian and central Asian art, I received the St. Lawrence University Fellowship this summer. I stayed in the campus and worked with Dr Chandreyi Basu on my project Visual Transmission along the Silk Road: The Influence of Gandhara and Mathura Sculptures on Medieval Chinese Paintings of Sukhavati. I presented this project in the 2nd Annual Upstate New York Undergraduate Research Conference.