Video Report: Ina Asim - Chinese Garden Iconography

Ina Asim – History and Iconography of Chinese Gardens from International Ducks on Vimeo.

Associate Professor of History Ina Asim has been working on an ebook about Chinese garden iconography, which is part of a larger research project. Asim will use the book to help teach her students about gardens.

Asim says she can't always take her class to Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, but by using today's technology, she is able to publish a book that is accessible to all of her students.

Currently, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art has a Chinese installation with several artifacts showing garden iconography. Renowned for its large and important assemblage of Chinese art, the JSMA’s holdings include one of America's most impressive collections of court textiles, along with superlative examples of traditional Chinese painting, sculpture, ceramics, jade, glass, lacquer, metalwork, furniture, and a small, but growing selection of contemporary Chinese objects.

To learn more about the Chinese installation visit