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LAUREN W. DEUTSCH  established a professional interest in the cultures and arts of the Pacific Rim in 1990 while serving as publicity coordinator for the 1990 Los Angeles Festival under the direction of Peter Sellars. She has since consulted to media and arts organizations on presenting and developing funding resources for Asian traditional and contemporary performances.

This was in addition to a successful communications / public relations career with nonprofit organizations including United Jewish Appeal (international), Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association of the City of New York, Global Green USA, Los Angeles Waterkeeper and others. She also worked for such media outlets as WET Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, KCRW National Public Radio (Santa Monica CA), American Public Media's Marketplace and others.

She began her regional work through research and study of Japanese tea “ceremony” beginning in 1985 as a student of Sosei Matsumoto Sensei, distinguished tea master of the Urasenke School of Chado, and she received her professional teaching license as “Sochi”. She has presented many demonstrations and gatherings on chanoyu, including at the residence of the Ambassador of Japan to the USA, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, USC and UCLA, Huntington Gardens, among others. She served as director of development of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles.

Her studies of indigenous Korean culture have been mentored through associations with Korea’s national shaman Kim Keumhwa and the late Dr. Zo Zayong (Emile Museum). She was a consultant to the “Peace at the DMZ Festival” in 2002 and the “Asian Traditional Arts Festival (Seoul) in 2004. She serves as a contributor to the Korean Art Society Newsletter and is a licensed editor for the Korean National Literary Translation Institute. She has lectured at several universities to students of choreography, theatre as well as regional studies.

Lauren is a contributing editor, feature and review writer and marketing consultant to the award-winningKyoto Journal, and her features and reviews have also appeared in Korea Journal, Korean Culture, Korean Art Society journal, Points East / Sino-Judaic Institute, and online, such as the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development. Many of her articles are also available via  A complete bibliography may be requested.

She also serves on the Docent Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Community Advisory Board of KCET public television in Los Angeles.

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