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2014 Festival Blog - Behind the Scenes

Nihao! Welcome to the China Program


Nihao! (Hello!) I am Jing Li, the program coordinator for China: Tradition and the Art of Living, which will beRead More

April 14, 2014   No Comments

Reimagining Mongolian Music in China


Beijing, once capital of the Mongol-ruled Yuan Dynasty in the thirteen and fourteenth centuries, has become a center of MongolianRead More

April 7, 2014   No Comments

Reflections on Life and Legacy for Qing Ming Festival


My father insists that we are not Chinese. He left Hong Kong as a young man, with a little moneyRead More

April 4, 2014   No Comments

Celebrating Spring, the Seasons, and the Sun in China


春分日 仲春初四日,春色正中分。绿野徘徊月,晴天断续云。 燕飞犹个个,花落已纷纷。思妇高楼晚,歌声不可闻。 Spring Equinox Mid-spring on the fourth, spring hues mark balance. In green fields stroll moon, blue skyRead More

March 21, 2014   No Comments

A Sailboat’s Journey from Kenya to the Smithsonian


Beyond the vast skies over the Kenyan island of Lamu off the shores of East Africa, a beautiful reddish-yellow sunsetRead More

March 20, 2014   No Comments

Light the Lantern for Lantern Festival


In fifth grade, in the midst of Lunar New Year festivities, I spent hours and hours after school with myRead More

February 11, 2014   No Comments

Kenya Prepares for 2014 Smithsonian Spotlight


The last vestiges of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival have been removed from the Mall, but the long-term planning requiredRead More

August 15, 2013   6 Comments