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Chinese Paper Cutting


Gao Fenglian, deeply affected by her family traditions, has loved paper cutting since she was a little girl. She feelsRead More

December 16, 2014   No Comments

Podcast: Missing Voices — The Need for Ethnic Media


Missing Voices: The Need for Ethnic Media Download MP3 What is ethnic media and why is it relevant today? InRead More

December 1, 2014   No Comments

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


Biking in China Download MP3 Bicycles in China have long been perceived as a widely used form of cheap transportation.Read 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 of Struggle Download MP3 Songs with politically sensitive lyrics are often censored. In this discussion session from the 2014Read More

November 6, 2014   No Comments

Foodways Friday: Brewed Bamboo Shoots


This recipe is from Chef Wang Peng 汪鹏, who is from Huai’an, Jiangsu Province. His home province is the birthplaceRead More

October 24, 2014   No Comments

What Are You Doing This Halloween?


While Americans are dressing in costumes and going from house to house asking for candy on October 31, Peruvians willRead More

October 6, 2014   No Comments

Foodways Friday: Swahili Fish with Creamy Coconut Sauce


This fish dish from the Kenyan island of Lamu is usually made for some kind of special occasion such asRead More

September 26, 2014   No Comments