Xiaohan Du

Xiaohan Du

Xiaohan is a PhD candidate at Columbia University, specializing in Chinese art and Japanese art, with a focus on medieval Sino-Japanese exchanges. Her dissertation “On A Snowy Night: Yishan Yining (1247-1317) and the Development of Zen Calligraphy in Medieval Japan” examines the life and work of an expatriate Chinese priest who went to Japan in 1299 as an imperial envoy for the Yuan court; his practice as a calligrapher in Japan is pivotal in the transformation of calligraphy from a semantic tool into a symbolic cultural product central to the self-fashioning of Zen priests who came after him, testifying to the abiding power and potential of this age-old art form that has long been venerated in the East Asian cultural sphere. 

Xiaohan received her BA with Honors in Art History from Hamilton College in 2012; she studied French and European art in Paris, where she had an internship with Museé Guimet. She has also interned in the Chinese works of art department at Christie’s New York office, the Japanese and Korean painting department at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio, and the curatorial department at Kyoto National Museum.

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