Educating Younger Generations About the Past

Drs. Doris and Stephen Chun have long been visitors to the Asian Art Museum. A gift in their estate ensures that future generations can experience the museum's history, culture, and art, too.

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Q&A With Museum Supporter Walter Knoepfel

Walter Knoepfel has supported the Asian Art Museum since 1986. Here, he reflects on what brought him to the museum and its impact on his life.

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An Accidental Beginning to a Lifelong Passion

If she hadn't been a transfer student, Joyce Clark might never have discovered Asia. As a transfer student at San Francisco State University, Joyce had last choice of classes. With her U.S. history major classes full, she took Asian history instead and was instantly hooked.

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An Educator Finds Her Roots

During her career as a French teacher, Betty Meissner focused her attention on European history and culture. But in recent years, she wanted to gain a stronger sense of her Chinese heritage by learning more about the arts and cultures of Asia.

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Helping the Museum Grow

When you meet Asian Art Museum docent Peggy Mathers, her enthusiasm is contagious. It's no wonder all her friends want her to take them on private tours of the collection. It's a far cry from her first visit to the museum as a San Francisco State University student taking a class in Chinese painting.

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A Childhood Interest Becomes a Lasting Legacy

A native of Boise, Idaho, Greg Potts grew up with Asian art displayed at home, nurturing an interest that eventually led him, as an adult, to become a member of the Asian Art Museum.

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Love of Asian Art Sparks a Fascinating Life's Journey

Artist and museum member Gordon Holler's love affair with Asia began as a freshman at the University of Nebraska. Influenced by his art professors, Gordon discovered a passion for both Japanese art and Egyptian anthropology.

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Sharing a Love of Asia

We're trying to pass on an understanding of Asia to our 6-year-old grandson. I took him to the museum last week to see the Japanese armor. He was really curious and asked a lot of questions.

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Finding a Second Career — and a Lifelong Passion

After a 25-year career with big-name department stores, Macy's and Bullocks, little did Margaret Handelman suspect that one day she would launch the Asian Art Museum gift store.

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Fifty Years of Museum Service

When Alice Lowe heard the new Brundage Collection was recruiting its first class of docents in 1965, she applied immediately, hoping to learn more about her own Chinese heritage.

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Art Appreciation Leads to Treasured Friendships

Active in the San Francisco Symphony and Opera, longtime museum-fan Don Buhman felt the museum should establish a giving society like these institutions offered; he helped launch the Gump Society in 1996. Gump Society members, like Don, have included the museum in their estate plans.

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Asia Has Always Been a Part of My Life

Raised in the Middle East, Cathy Moreland spent summers traveling throughout Asia. As an adult, she and her husband Howard lived in many cities throughout Asia due to Howard's career as a chemical engineer for Chevron. Along the way, they visited numerous museums and historical sites. Cathy became a docent at Bangkok's National Museum.

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