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2014 Festival Blog - China

I Love People’s Park—Damaged Badminton Rackets and Sound Bleed Aside


You can’t even hear yourself think, let alone someone else speaking, when you’re standing between two competing karaoke stations. SoRead More

September 23, 2014   No Comments

So You Think You Know Kung Fu


When I ask my American friends what impressions they have of China, the most common answers I get are BruceRead More

September 18, 2014   No Comments

The Evolving Art of Dough Modeling


The Chinese art of dough modeling dates back more than two thousand years. At the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, artistRead More

August 26, 2014   No Comments

A Reunion of Ancient Cultural Roots


Growing up in China, the word “reunion” (tuan ju 团聚) always reminded me of a crowded, cozy, and chatty occasionRead More

August 25, 2014   No Comments

Foodways Friday: Cumin Pork


Tian Yali brought this dish to the 2014 Folklife Festival from Tongchuan City in Yijun County, Shaanxi Province.  A versatileRead More

August 22, 2014   No Comments

Cultural Tradition Meets Economic Difficulties: A Reflection on Sustaining Miao Embroidery


The China program at the 2014 Folklife Festival provided so much to see—even for a native Chinese person like myself.Read More

August 19, 2014   No Comments

Musical Instruments of the Dimen Dong


At the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, musician Qianchun Wu from the Dimen Dong Folk Chorus explains the stringed instruments commonRead More

August 18, 2014   No Comments

Jiànzi: Making Friends with Your Feet


During the first few weeks of my internship with the 2014 Folklife Festival’s China program, my lack of fluency inRead More

August 14, 2014   No Comments

Producing Ethnicity: The Ethics of Showcasing Culture


The 2014 Folklife Festival has come to a close, but there are still ways to experience it. All discussion sessionsRead More

August 12, 2014   No Comments

Wu Man: ‘Night Thoughts’


During the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Wu Man performed an original composition on the pipa entitled “Night Thoughts,” based on a work by ChineseRead More

August 10, 2014   No Comments