Learn about ancient customs of Asia!
Gaze at the artistry of Japanese kimonos, porcelains and even a rickshaw! Admire the beauty of artifacts from India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Hmong, Thailand, the Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, Laos and Myanmar. The treasures, stories and richness of each country’s people await you. Visit the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center to take a trip through Asia you will always remember!
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year! Regardless of when you visit the Museum, the festive atmosphere of this most important Chinese holiday will surround you. Beautiful Chinese artifacts and a collection of intricately-carved pieces are sure to be among the high points of your visit!
The Museum offers many educational classes for students and the general public each year, along with visiting exhibits from around the world. Past exhibits have included
…Oil paintings of artist Hsiao-Hsia Tsai,
…Contemporary Japanese Crafts of Tokyo’s National Museum of Modern Art and Japan’s Consulate General,
…National Taiwanese Treasure Box exhibit,
…and many others.
The Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center was founded by Mrs. Billie Trimble Chandler in the 1960s. A Corpus Christi native, Mrs. Chandler spent many years in Asia teaching and collecting cultural art and artifacts. Today Mrs. Chandler’s collection, along with other wonderful Asian antiquities and exhibits, builds a “bridge” connecting Texas to Asia.
Over the past 30 years, the Museum has had many South Texas homes, culminating in its present facility designed by renowned architects, Elizabeth Chu Richter and David R. Richter.
Your Moment of Zen
Invitations from the portal site http://bigbropoker.org in the far east in the heart of Corpus Christi Bayfront. The Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center offers you first class tickets for only a few dollars and one or two hours from the tour time with a special guide.
One Woman Passion
What started was as a local woman’s desire for Japanese artifacts that had evolved into an inventory of interesting antiques from all the Indian subcontinent and also including Asia. Original Corpus Christi Billie Trimble Chandler spent years teaching English in the Philippines and Japan and liked his community, food, scenery, sound and culture. His 17-year journey in the 50s and 60s was documented by various memories of his journey.
A warehouse worth the price of a kimono, very elaborately carved jade jewelry, 3,500 Hakata dolls, Haniwa clay art sculptures and artifacts from the Ming dynasty returned to South Texas – one of the largest collections of Japanese art to be sent to the US at that time – and became the basis of unique museum and education center.
A Multicultural Experience
Chandler founded the museum in 1974 to share his love for Japan with fellow Texans. He dedicated it to young people and spread the dream of world peace through understanding culture. The mission continues to this day. Because the museum has developed and finally has ownership. An exhibition currently featuring one room dedicated to artifacts borrowed from the descendants of the last Korean emperor. All this growth and versatility requires new excavations; this building was built in 1995.
The large rooms and beautiful courtyards are the perfect backdrop for events, parties and fundraisers, and the upper floors are all classrooms; check calendars for festivals and workshops that bring the entire community out. Try to see for yourself, avoid outdoor heat and absorb new information about the country, society, and other ways of life.
The small but elegant Corpus Christi Museum dedicated to Asian culture is full of insight. If you visit later, why not take a few hours to travel to Asia when you are here?
5 Questions With Corpus Christi Architect Elizabeth Chu Richter
Meet Elizabeth Chu Richter, the architect of Corpus Christi who is involved in many landmarks Coastal Cliffs – Congress of Solomon P. Ortiz International Center, Museum of Asian Culture, buildings for Texas A & M University – Corpus Christi and Del Mar College, to name a few. The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve Headquarters and Lab and the Mustang Island Episcopal Conference Center in Port Aransas is one of the other important projects in Coastal Bend that has crossed its drafting table. He has been involved in civil structures around the state of Texas, including the National Pacific War Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Elizabeth Chu Richter is CEO of Richter Architects, an award-winning company, 14-person based in Corpus Christi and recipient of the Corporate Architecture Award from the Texas Society of Architects in 2011 – the only firm from Corpus Christi that has received this award. state honor. Her husband, David Richter is the president of the company and their two daughters – both architects – are members of the firm. He was chosen to serve as the national President of the American Institute of Architects in 2015. Radio programs throughout his state, The Shape of Texas, were run on NPR affiliates for 11 years. He gets a lot of difference for his vision and activists throughout the world, but his home is here, and his work in Corpus Christi reflects his commitment to excellence.
Architects are very aware of the importance of the sense of place. The things that make people happy to live in the city are the same things that attract people to visit.
1. One of the earlier buildings you designed was the Asian Cultures Museum in 1995 – an interesting mix of Far East and Southwest. Please reflect on that project.
The Museum of Asian Culture returns to when Billie Trimble Chandler [a native Corpus Christi who spent years teaching in the Philippines and Japan] started in the 70s. He has a collection of Hakata dolls – real treasures – and other artifacts. The original museum did not have room to do more outside featuring dioramas – there was no real space for education, shows and exhibitions changed. Also, the main focus is Japan, and they want to expand to include other Asian cultures.
The current museum building is at one time a plumber building. The location in the museum district makes it perfect.
Instead of having one building, we want to get a sense of the urban village of an urban scale. Because of budget problems, literal historical details – such as tile – are not on the card. We must be inventive with adaptive reuse. Decorative copying actually tests cylinders used for geotechnical work! There is a connection, the road between the two-story building and the exhibition building – heavy wooden rhythms to remember the details used in ancient architecture and also to provide open transparency to the back garden. You feel the transition – something exotic, if you want.
The design idea is to invite people in. It is important that we have something that evokes Asian cultural heritage but seems to still be suitable in South Texas, to work with the climate we have.
2. Describe some of your other architectural projects.
Designs site from Del Mar’s College Health Sciences and the Emerging Technologies Complex on the West campus create connected and open spaces. Building design includes the use of passive solar strategies to increase the use of natural light. The 160,000 square foot complex defines a new focal point and new energy for the campus.
Solomon P. Ortiz International Congress Center is a good example of adaptive reuse and building existing assets. Steel columns and beams from the 1920 cotton warehouse were stored to provide a sense of Port history while changing facilities to accommodate the use of modern days for community events, weddings and conferences.
3. What is the architectural culture like in Corpus Christi, Texas?
There is no other place with walkable downtown directly from the water like Corpus Christi’s. This is a perfect arrangement, an extraordinary asset for us.
Considering our history, Corpus Christi is not a very old city. Does not have a large stock of “old” structures. There is variety. Some good assets include the South Texas Museum of Art and additions designed separately by two AIA Gold Medals, Philip Johnson and Ricardo Legorreta. Historical treasures include Centennial House, Corpus Christi Cathedral, and houses in Heritage Park. The Seawall is one of our most significant and decisive public assets. In recent decades, greater appreciation has emerged for medieval modern buildings built in the 1950s.
Our growth is stable and slow, relatively speaking. Corpus Christi is not a great booming place. In that way, it has encouraged more thought for development. We will get a new bridge [near the current Harbor Bridge location] and that will have a big impact.
4. Are you like to recommend to Corpus Christi to visitors?
I am pleased that Corpus Christi’s restaurant rates are becoming more international with offers originating from many countries. From local seafood to Thai food to Middle Eastern specialties, we now have many delicious choices.
I like to recommend a drive or walk along Shoreline Drive and Ocean Drive to appreciate Seawall and pocket parks along the way. The Seawall ladder, the WPA project, is a great example of well-spent public investment in infrastructure that has beautifully defined our city, protected our city, and has become a convenience for public use.
5. What would you like to see in Corpus Christi’s future?
Encourage a healthy and active life. In 2015, we held a Healthy Community Lunch lunch to raise awareness.
When and where you put concrete, and how you plan your city, has an impact. We want to create awareness about what you do every day, how you get from point A to point B and what you do between them. As a community, we can move forward. The conversation starts.