|China-US Forum on Intangible Cultural Heritage|
The American Folklore Society (AFS) has received funding from the Henry Luce Foundation to lead the first phase of the China-US Forum on Intangible Cultural Heritage (FICH), which will bring together academic and public education institutions in China and the United States in an effort designed to:
This initiative will use the lenses of the field of folklore studies 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.
The China-US Forum on Intangible
Cultural Heritage consists of four interrelated activities that will be carried
out by institutions from China and the US in collaboration, all coordinated by
the AFS. Two of these (Public Policy and Professional Development) will be implemented during the first,
2011-2013 phase of the project; the other two (Museums and Undergraduate
and Graduate Education) will be planned during the first phase and
implemented in what we hope will be a second, 2013-2015 phase.
Public Policy: In 2011-2013, Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou and Vanderbilt
University in Nashville are producing four conferences—two in China and two in
the US—comparing and analyzing Chinese and US cultural policy regarding
tradition-based culture. Many scholars and public humanists from China and the US will be invited to participate in or attend these gatherings.
Professional Development: In 2011-2013, AFS is collaborating with the China Folklore Society and other
FICH partner organizations to support the annual international exchange of 6
folklore scholars and public humanists (3 from each country) from a variety of backgrounds and interests for a series of
professional development and networking opportunities.
Museums: In 2011-2013, the Yunnan Nationalities Museum in Kunming and the Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing will plan an anticipated 2013-2015 project that will compare and analyze best practices in public education about tradition-based culture through museum activities, and to create a bilingual online exhibition on the folk textile traditions of China and of the US.
Undergraduate and Graduate Education: In 2011-2013, Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and the folklore programs at Beijing Normal University and Central China Normal University in Wuhan, will plan an anticipated 2013-2015 project that will compare and analyze best practices in both countries for undergraduate and graduate teaching about tradition-based culture.
Each of these activities will produce bilingual reports, proceedings, best-practice descriptions, and other descriptive and analytical documents, in both online and hard copy versions.
We have established a Steering Committee with representatives from all the partner institutions. This committee will meet twice each year—once in person and once online—during the course of the project. Its members are:
American Folklore Society: Timothy Lloyd, Executive Director
Beijing Normal University: Wan Jianzhong, Director, Folklore Program
Central China Normal University: Huang Yonglin, Vice President
China Folklore Society: Zhu Gang, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Michigan State University: C. Kurt Dewhurst, Senior Fellow for Outreach and Engagement (and 2010-2011 President, American Folklore Society)
Michigan State University Museum: Marsha MacDowell, Curator of Folk Arts
Sun Yat-Sen University: Song Junhua, Department of Chinese Language and Literature and Institute of Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage
Vanderbilt University: Bill Ivey, Director, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy
Willamette University: Juwen Zhang, Associate Professor, Department of Japanese and Chinese
Yunnan Nationalities Museum: Xie Mohua, Director
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