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Summary: Upon graduating with an M.A in the History of Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Claire Hsu returned to Hong Kong to cofound Asia Art Archive in December 2000. As its first Executive Director, Claire Hsu has overseen all aspects of AAA's establishment. Hsu has participated as a speaker in a number of forums including Panel on the Future of the Museum: Profile China, Conversations, Art Basel, Switzerland (2005); D-LAB 3 for the Second Guangzhou Triennial, China (2005); Contemporary Institutions: Between Public and Private Annual Conference of the International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Art, Tate Modern, U.K (2006); Open Dialogue: Cultural Spaces and the City, Business of Design Week, Hong Kong (2008); and Museum as Hub, New Museum (2009). She is currently a member of the Museum Committee for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong and sits on the Board of The Foundation for Arts Initiatives, the Advisory Board for Yishu magazine and the Advisory Committee of the Academy of Visual Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University. She received the Asian Cultural Council, Starr Foundation Fellowship in 2005 and the RBSCoutts/Financial Times Women in Asia Awards Rising Star Award in 2009.
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, AAA has grown from a single shelf of books in 2000 to become one of the most important public resources for contemporary Asian art in the world with a library and archive collection of over 32,000 items of material, and has research posts in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and India. AAA is not only as a valuable resource and 'ideas' centre, but also an active platform for dialogue and exchange in the field. From the beginning, AAA was conceived as more than a static collection of material. Through the initiation of a broad range of projects AAA is pro-active in instigating critical thinking and dialogue and forging networks in the region. Projects developed and supervised by Hsu with the AAA team include: Archiving the Contemporary: Documenting Asian Art Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow Workshop (2005); Wu Shanzhuan: Red Humour International Publication (2005); All you want to know about International Biennials and Triennials Website Project (2006); SHIFITNG SITES: Cultural Desire and the Museum (May 2008); Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art 1980-1990 (2006 - 2010); and AAA's International Residency Programme and Research Grant.