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Cultural Landscapes Shaping the Peru Program


The Peru program for the 2015 Folklife Festival has taken a more definite shape since we returned from our secondRead More

March 1, 2015   No Comments

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 LinRead More

February 26, 2015   No Comments

Lunar New Year in South Korea


Editor’s note: At the 2014 Folklife Festival, we featured artwork, craft activities, and cooking demonstrations based on Chinese New YearRead More

February 19, 2015   No Comments

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,Read More

February 2, 2015   No Comments

The Medicinal Garden Exhibition


Being in Washington, D.C., is very exciting for me, especially when it involves an internship at the Center for FolklifeRead More

January 30, 2015   No Comments

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