USC Pacific Asia Museum Honors Drs. Tei-Fu Chen and Oi-Lin Chen
USC Pacific Asia Museum (PAM) hosted its annual gala on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California. The gala honored Legacy Award recipients Dr. Tei-Fu Chen and Dr. Oi-Lin Chen for their promotion of Asian art and culture through their collection of fine art and antiques exhibited in the Chen Art Gallery, located inside Sunrider World Headquarters. The occasion also honored Visionary Artist Award recipient Tadashi Shoji, Creative Director of his eponymous fashion label.
About Dr. Tei-Fu Chen & Dr. Oi-Lin Chen
Dr. Tei-Fu Chen and Dr. Oi-Lin Chen are among the most highly respected private collectors of Chinese art and antiquities in the world. In 2000, the Chens channeled their lifelong passion for preserving Chinese art and antiquities into the Chen Art Gallery, which is one of the finest privately owned collections of Chinese art.
The gallery features more than 1,000 artifacts spanning 5,000 years of Chinese history. Visitors to the nonprofit museum in Torrance, California can view a Qing Dynasty imperial throne room, a Ming Dynasty bedroom, jade carvings, ancient pottery, and imperial porcelains. The Chens hope the gallery will nurture a greater understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture, art, and history.
Drs. Chen are also devoted USC Pacific Asia Museum supporters. In addition to loaning rare objects for recent exhibitions, Dr. Tei-Fu Chen joined PAM’s Board of Councilors in 2016. Dr. Tei-Fu Chen is the Chairman and CEO of Sunrider International, a California-based global health and wellness company. Together with his wife, Dr. Oi-Lin Chen, who is Sunrider International’s President, they have expanded the company’s operations to 42 countries.
About USC Pacific Asia Museum
USC Pacific Asia Museum is Southern California’s only museum exclusively devoted to the arts of Asia and the Pacific, and the only U.S. university museum dedicated to the subject. Since 1971, the museum’s mission is to further intercultural understanding through the arts of Asia and the Pacific Islands.
This article is based on a feature appearing in the online magazine Pasadena Now.