The Network of East Asian Design History is a group of academics and researchers who are affiliated with institutions in the United Kingdom, North America and in the East Asian region. The group aims to address the severe lack of teaching materials on East Asian design history in English despite an increasing interest of students in the region within the discipline of world design history. The Network, which has been organizing activities and events since 2007, now comprises over 20 design historians from East Asia who share in the task of writing “our” version of East Asian design histories.
Our project “Translating and Writing Modern Design Histories in East Asia for the Global World” was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Networking Award (2012-14), and the group has successfully organized symposia and workshops at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2012), the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Douliu City, Taiwan (2013) and the Design Museum, London (2014). The project’s core participants, Yuko Kikuchi and Wendy Siuyi Wong, also convened the ICDHS Taipei 2016, which explored contemporary approaches for ‘Making Trans/national Contemporary Design History’ with perspectives from East Asia.