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2014 Festival Blog - China

Dancing in the Park: People, Past, and Prospect


The 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival created a People’s Park, bringing dancing, games, and sports to the shaded area on theRead More

November 25, 2014   No Comments

Podcast: Biking in China


Bicycles in China have long been perceived as a widely used form of cheap transportation. However, this tradition has decreasedRead More

November 17, 2014   No Comments

Discovering Chinese Heritage, Part 2: Food


Discovering Chinese Heritage, Part 1: Chinatowns Whenever I travel to New York or Philadelphia, I make time to go toRead More

November 12, 2014   No Comments

Discovering Chinese Heritage, Part 1: Chinatowns


During Thanksgiving of my sophomore year of college, my friends from Hong Kong and I visited Chicago. Our first mealRead More

November 10, 2014   No Comments

Podcast: Songs of Struggle


Songs with politically sensitive lyrics are often censored. In this discussion session from the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, panelists discussRead More

November 6, 2014   No Comments

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