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China-US Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project

The Asia Program of the Henry Luce Foundation has awarded AFS a three-year grant to continue its work to build relationships between folklorists and folklore studies institutions in China and the US.

Between 2013 and 2016, AFS--working in partnership with the China Folklore Society and in collaboration with a number of institutions in both countries--will manage a program of conferences and professional exchanges for staff at China and US ethnographic museums, and the development of a number of new resources to support, and share information about, folklore studies scholarship in both countries.

This new work builds upon six years of previous efforts, and on 2011-2013 funding from the Luce Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Lingnan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Asian Cultural Council, and the China Ministry of Education. This initiative is using the lenses of the field of folklore studies and intangible cultural heritage (ICH) to compare and analyze a wide range of activities in China and the US—supported by government, the private sector, and community-based organizations—intended to sustain tradition-based culture through research, documentation, education, presentation, and conservation.

In the first phase of this project, we produced a series of four bilingual conferences (in Guangzhou, Nashville, Wuhan, and Washington, DC) comparing folklore and ICH policy, case studies, field methods, and archiving practices in both countries. We also managed two years of an international exchange program for younger folklorists from both countries.

Follow these links to download the programs from our 2011-2013 China-US ICH conferences:

Conference 1, Guangzhou, November 2011

Conference 2, Nashville, April-May 2012

Conference 3, Wuhan, November 2012

Conference 4, Washington, DC, May 2013




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