This recipe is from Chef Wang Peng 汪鹏, who is from Huai’an, Jiangsu Province. His home province is the birthplace of one of the most influential cuisines in China, the Huaiyang style, which is characterized by artistic presentation as well as unique flavors. Since finishing his studies in the Yizhou Chef … Continue reading Foodways Friday: Brewed Bamboo Shoots
While Americans are dressing in costumes and going from house to house asking for candy on October 31, Peruvians will be celebrating their country’s criolla (creole) culture. Ever since President Manuel Prado y Ugarteche’s official declaration in 1944, residents of the South American country have marked Día de la Canción Criolla (Day … Continue reading What Are You Doing This Halloween?
This fish dish from the Kenyan island of Lamu is usually made for some kind of special occasion such as a wedding, but it is also especially popular during the month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, those who observe the Islamic holiday fast from sunup to sundown. I the morning before dawn, a small light … Continue reading Foodways Friday: Swahili Fish with Creamy Coconut Sauce
You can’t even hear yourself think, let alone someone else speaking, when you’re standing between two competing karaoke stations. So we just kept moving through the covered walkway in the middle of the park, passing a young man playing a flute and further down an old man bowing away on … Continue reading I Love People’s Park—Damaged Badminton Rackets and Sound Bleed Aside
When I ask my American friends what impressions they have of China, the most common answers I get are Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and kung fu. To be honest, kung fu is such a mysterious thing even for me. Kung fu stories in China are quite different from Hollywood ones. … Continue reading So You Think You Know Kung Fu
Winyo performed throughout the 2014 Folklife Festival, representing the Kenyan benga music scene. At the Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert: Tribute to Pete Seeger, he played his song “Everything Is Okay.” Videography: John Wetmore, Ed Fry, Max Lenik, Abby Sternberg Editing: Max Lenik
Ali Abdalla Skanda comes from a family of carpenters and dhow builders in Lamu, Kenya. For the 2014 Folklife Festival, he donated one of his dhows and restored it on the National Mall. The dhow, fully refurbished, has since been transferred to The Mariners’ Museum and Park in Newport News, … Continue reading Spotlight on Ali Skanda and the Dhow Sailboat