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You’ve heard it before. The 21st century is going to be – already is – an Asian century. Corporations across the world concur. The US government, which has realigned its geopolitical thinking toward Asia, thinks so. And you can be sure that Asian leaders think so.
Three of the world’s four most populous countries, and seven of the top 10, are in Asia. Of the world’s three biggest economies, two are Asian: China and Japan.
So what are the art museums of New England doing about it? The Museum of Fine Arts, Peabody Essex Museum, and the collections of several college museums can boast some of the world’s most prestigious collections of Asian art.
Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton is leading the way.