Tea Time at Japan Society

A Conversation with Miho Walsh

December 23, 2020
Part of Tea Time at Japan Society

For Miho Walsh, who most recently served as the Executive Director of the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), bridge-building has always been at the core of her identity. What is so important for the U.S.-Japan relationship, Miho notes, is the uniqueness of both cultures—being at the two ends of the cultural spectrum, we have an inherent appreciation for our differences. COVID has had a major impact on cultural exchange, but we are continuing to connect with each other virtually, and can use these online tools to broaden our experience when we can travel again. Miho sees cultural exchange as the antidote to the conflict, disrespect, and discrimination in the world today, which is born out of a fear of difference: "Diversity is something to be celebrated—the more diverse we are, the better we can be. There is so much that we share in common, and this knowledge is critical to developing empathy and mutual understanding." "Artists speak a universal language," says Miho, "it's like magic. The ACC, Japan Society, and all of us working in cultural exchange should continue to make magic."

Japan Society's Tea Time Season #2, celebrating the season of culture in Japan and U.S.-Japan cultural exchanges, is proudly supported by ITO EN (North America) INC.

Miho Walsh
Former Executive Director, Asian Cultural Council

Miho Walsh has worked in international cultural and educational exchange for 25 years. She began her career at the Consulate General of Japan in New York and then worked at Columbia University, as Associate Director of the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture and Executive Director of the Institute for Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives. She has also served as a cross‐cultural communication specialist and consultant to New York State government offices and the United Nations. In 2009 Miho joined the Asian Cultural Council as Associate Director and most recently served as its Executive Director from 2013-2020. Born in the US, Miho was raised in Tokyo, Japan, and returned to the States to attend Vassar College where she received her B.A. degrees in both political science and French language and culture. She is also a graduate of Columbia University, where she earned her master’s degree in Organizational Psychology. Miho lives with her husband and two children in New York City.


Japan Society’s Tea Time Season #2 is proudly supported by ITO EN (North America) INC.

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