Sylvia Fraser-Lu spent many years as an educator in East and Southeast Asia. Her interest in Asian arts and crafts led to a writing career. She contributed articles for Arts of Asia and Oriental Art in the 1970s and early 1980s. She is the author of several books on Burma, including Burmese Lacquerware (1985 and 2000), Burmese Crafts: Past and Present (1994), and Splendour in Wood: The Buddhist Monasteries of Burma (2001). She also co-curated and co-edited the first stateside exhibition and catalog on Buddhist Art of Myanmar (2015) at the Asia Society in New York.