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Sean Wang Zi-Ming

Sean Wang Zi-Ming

Sean Wang Zi-Ming is an undergraduate at Harvard College studying Comparative Literature and Environmental Science and Public Policy. Raised in Singapore’s multicultural tropics, he is interested in literary and artistic depictions of the natural world and how these span across cultures. He has worked with the Plant Humanities Initiative at Dumbarton Oaks as a Plant Humanities Intern.

Watercolor illustration of Plumeria Acuminata commissioned by Scottish doctor and botanist William Roxburgh, late 18th century or early 19th century.

Plant of the Month: Frangipani

An ornamental plant whose white flowers hang over graveyards and temples in Southeast Asia presents complicated questions on national belonging and religious identity.