About the Tang Center

portrait of Dora Ching
Deputy Director
Dora C.Y. Ching (經崇儀)
P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art
Department of Art & Archaeology
3-S-2 Green Hall, Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544
(609) 258-3795

Dora Ching, a specialist in Chinese painting and calligraphy with particular expertise in Chinese portraiture and Buddhist art of the Silk Road, has served as associate director of the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art at Princeton University since 2002. Before and during her time at the Tang Center, she has been deeply engaged in book editing and publication, with more than a dozen books to her credit as co-editor or managing editor. She is the author of numerous book chapters and articles and has co-curated three major museum exhibitions. She also occasionally serves as a lecturer at Princeton University; her courses include “Dunhuang: Art and Culture along the Silk Road” and “Portraiture in China.” She recently completed a multiyear project focusing on the Lo Archive of Dunhuang photographs, taken in the Buddhist caves of northwestern China in 1943–44. The photographs, a unique, aesthetically refined, and historically invaluable record of cave paintings and sculpture made over a thousand-year period from the 4th to the 14th centuries, were published in 2021 along with research essays in a nine-volume publication. She has served as study leader for two Princeton Journeys trips:  “Classical China & The Dunhuang Caves” in 2016 and Vietnam & Cambodia: Sacred Sites of Southeast Asia” in 2018. She received her AB from Harvard University and her PhD from Princeton University.