Mimi Yiengpruksawan

Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan has taught at Yale University for two decades with a concentration on traditional Buddhist art and culture; she received her PhD in Buddhist art history in 1988. Since 2006 she has maintained a strong scholarly interest in cross-cultural Buddhist exchange linking the Silk Road and Himalayan regions to the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese regions of North Asia. As director of the Yale Silk Road Project she has conducted annual site seminars at Buddhist centers in Xinjiang, Gansu, and Sichuan provinces in China; and in central Tibet, with a seminar planned for 2012 that will travel from Lhasa to Ngari for an extended visit to sites relating to the Guge kingdom and then to Dunhuang via Khotan. Mimi is currently completing a book, Michinaga’s Peacocks: Heian Japan in Global Perspective, in which she explores cultural flows linking Buddhist Kyoto to the Tibetan, Tangut, and Khitan regions.