Special Issue of Asian Ethnology Focuses on Chinese Folklore and Folklore Studies
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Posted by: Tim Lloyd
AFS members interested in the history and current practice of folklore studies in China should be aware of the newest issue (Volume 74, Number 2) of Asian Ethnology, a special issue edited by Li Jing of Gettysburg College titled "Chinese Folklore Studies: Toward Disciplinary Maturity."
The issue includes an comprehensive editor's introduction and articles by An Deming and Yang Lihui (Chinese Folklore Since the Late 1970s: Achievements, Difficulties, and Challenges), Chen Zhiqin (For Whom to Conserve Intangible Cultural Heritage: The Dislocated Agency of Folk Belief Practitioners and the Reproduction of Local Culture), Liu Tieliang (Village Production and the Self Identification of Village Communities: The Case of Fangshan District, Beijing), Peng Mu (The Invisible and the Visible: Communicating with the Yin World), and Yang Lihui (The Effectiveness and Limitations of "Context": Reflections Based on Ethnographic Research of Myth Traditions). Several reviews and field and research notes round out the issue.
Asian Ethnology is a semi-annual, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the promotion of scholarly research on the peoples and cultures of Asia. It began in China as Folklore Studies in 1942 and later moved to Japan where its name was changed to Asian Folklore Studies. It is currently edited and published at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan.
Asian Ethnology is an open access journal: all issues of the journal, including the current one, are freely downloadable at http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/en/publications/asian-ethnology/.