|China-US Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project|
Since 2007 the AFS, the China Folklore Society, and folklore studies institutions in both countries have worked cooperatively to build relationships between folklorists and folklore studies institutions in China and the US.
These activities used the lenses of the field of folklore studies and intangible cultural heritage (ICH) to compare and analyze a wide range of best-practice activities in China and the US intended to sustain tradition-based culture through research, documentation, education, presentation, and conservation.
Then in 2013 the Luce Foundation awarded AFS a further three-year grant to take up a new phase of this work. Between 2013 and 2016, AFS--again working in partnership with the China Folklore Society and in collaboration with a number of institutions in both countries--is managing a program of conferences and professional exchanges to increase mutual understanding between staff at China and US ethnographic museums, and the development of a number of new online resources to support, and share information and best practices about, folklore studies scholarship in both countries.
Follow these links to download the bilingual program books from our 2011-2014 China-US folklore and ICH conferences:
For more information on the museum-related activities of the current project, please consult its more detailed project page.