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PASADENA (CBSLA) — The USC Pacific Asia Museum announced Tuesday that it was working to decolonize its collection while challenging ideas about the Orient through a slate of upcoming exhibitions and programming.

“If we are to grapple with the legacies of colonialism that exist within our museum, the Orient has to be a focus,” the museum said in a statement.

Museum officials said the exhibition will amplify the voices of invited Asian American artists and scholars who will create artworks, essays, public lectures and performances that engage the museum’s collection and history and generate transformative dialogue.

The museum is one of the few U.S. institutions dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands serving the city of Los Angeles and greater Southern California, according to the university.

City News Service contributed to this report.)

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