Re-erected in Salem, Massachusetts in 1997, Yin Yu Tang was originally built in the year 1800 in China’s southeastern Huizhou region.
The Huizhou area was known for producing merchants, who were often sons and husbands who left their ancestral homes for employment opportunities in bigger cities. Thus, Yin Yu Tang sheltered the women and children of the Huang family. Today, the home serves as a Chinese cultural relic, preserving Chinese history and culture. It also serves as a platform for US-China cultural exchange.
Daisy Yiyou Wang, curator of Chinese and East Asian Art at the Peabody Essex Museum, gives Full Frame viewers a tour of Yin Yu Tang and explains how Chinese culture is being preserved on American soil.