Sharing From the Heart is a monthly initiative where young people from China and the United States come together around the pressing ecological, cultural, and spiritual issues of our time. Through sharing thoughts, personal stories, and actions in local settings, Chinese and American youth will begin building cross-cultural bonds to support a vision of a new, ecological civilization.
In this event, Yao Jiang will share his academic experience with the idea of Plant Humanities, which is first initiated by Dumbarton Oaks in 2018, articulating how this research approach cured his “plant blindness” and later guided his public practices to co-initiate a plant-humanities-oriented research and action group in China. By developing the phrase of “Plant Inhabitant 植物世民”, Yao and his colleagues have conducted a co-learning and co-writing online workshop, as well as several public talks and “Plant Walk(s)” currently over a small group of cities, including Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen. Named Plant South Salesroom 植南门市部, this infant and growing group aims to unveil, restore, and co-construct the kinship between humans and plants.
SPEAKER: Yao Jiang
Yao Jiang is the co-Initiator of Plant South Salesroom 植南门市部 (a plant-humanities-oriented research and action group), and has a Masters of Architectural History from University of Virginia. Jiang has volunteered for the RHS Digital Dig–uncovering Britain’s lost plant nurseries project in 2022 and participated in the Dumbarton Oaks Plant Humanities Summer Program in 2020. He is also continuously exploring the burgeoning field of Plant Humanities.
Friday, April 7, 2023