Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Horsing Around: A Visit to a Peruvian Paso Ranch in Virginia

Despite growing up on a farm, I never thought I would need that knowledge for an academic career in anthropology, let alone as an intern at the Smithsonian. Two months into my three-month internship working on the 2015 Folklife Festival’s Peru program, the curators asked me to research options for … Continue reading Horsing Around: A Visit to a Peruvian Paso Ranch in Virginia

On Ink, Tradition, and the Handwritten Word:
Learning Chinese Calligraphy

I started taking calligraphy classes in 1997 at a local museum in Nanjing dedicated to a renowned modern calligrapher Lin Sanzhi (1898–1989). For a child in the first grade, it was hard to control the brush, and I often returned home with ink all over my hands, elbows, and T-shirt. … Continue reading On Ink, Tradition, and the Handwritten Word:
Learning Chinese Calligraphy

Beginnings: Childhood Memories from China to the Mall

For almost fifty years, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has connected visitors with artists from around the world. Within each program, participants connect with other representatives from their country or state or occupation while sharing stories and space on the National Mall. And sometimes the Festival offers the opportunity for our … Continue reading Beginnings: Childhood Memories from China to the Mall

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