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Jeffrey Hantover’s life in the worlds of art and social
service has taken him far from his Midwestern roots. Born
and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, he graduated Harvard
College, attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government
and received a Masters in Sociology of Education and a Ph.D.
in Sociology from the University of Chicago. His life in
sociology and social service includes a teaching stint at
Vanderbilt University, academic articles on the social
construction of masculinity, seven years as the first
executive director of the largest social service accrediting
organization in North America, senior management positions
in labor rights and corporate social responsibility for Gap
Inc. in Asia and the U.S., and consultation to major
corporations and non-profit organizations on labor rights,
HIV/AIDS and criminal justice reform.
He moved to Hong Kong in 1989 where he wrote extensively on
art and culture for publications in the United States,
Europe and Asia, on varied topics – street food in Malaysia,
architectural preservation in Singapore, the making of a
Bruce Lee bio-pic and the cutting edge art of China. Having
been introduced to the world of contemporary Vietnamese art
in the early 1990s, he wrote the catalogue for Uncorked
Soul: Contemporary Art from Vietnam, the first major
exhibition of Vietnamese painting outside the country, the
catalogue essay for the Smithsonian’s exhibition of
Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American art, An Ocean Apart,
and the text for A World of Decent Dreams: Vietnam Images
published in 2003.
He returned to New York in 2001, where he lives with his
wife and daughter.
Awards and Special Recognition...
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Photography by Mee-Seen Loong