China

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

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? In this podcast entitled “Missing Voices: The Need for Ethnic Media,” several figures active in ethnic media discuss its fundamental importance to societies across the world. Tabu Osusa works with marginalized … Continue reading Podcast: Missing Voices — The Need for Ethnic Media

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 the National Mall. In an earlier blog post, China: Tradition and the Art of Living co-curator Sojin Kim revealed the idea behind this project and how visitors engaged in this imagined space. … Continue reading Dancing in the Park: People, Past, and Prospect