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AFS Delegation Meets With China Project Partners

Thursday, July 28, 2011   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Timothy Lloyd

A five-member AFS delegation (Kurt Dewhurst, Bill Ivey, Tim Lloyd, Marsha MacDowell, and Juwen Zhang) traveled to China from July 18-25 for planning meetings in four cities with our partners in the China-US Forum on Intangible Cultural Heritage project (FICH).

The FICH project has received major support from the Henry Luce Foundation and additional support from several of the project partners.

The following activities took place:

Discussion of the project’s two 2011-2013 activities with faculty members Kang Baocheng, Song Junhua, Ouyang Guang, Jiang Mingzhi, and Wang-Riese Xiaobing, and staff member/PhD student Chen Xi, all of the Institute of Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage of Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou:

  1. Four conferences comparing and analyzing ICH and cultural policy in China and the US (to be produced by Sun Yat-Sen University and Vanderbilt University)

  2. Professional development exchanges (to be produced by AFS and Sun Yat-Sen University, along with the China Folklore Society and other project partners),

Discussion of the two activities on which the project will focus in its second, 2013-2015 phase:

  1. Museum activities (to be produced by the Yunnan Nationalities Museum and the Michigan State University Museum) with director Xie Mohua and staff member Zhang Jinghong of the Yunnan Nationalities Museum in Kunming

  2. Undergraduate and graduate education activities (to be produced by the two China universities named below and Willamette University) with folklorists from two of China's PhD-granting folklore institutions: Huang Yonglin, Vice President, and Liu Shouhua, senior faculty member, both of Huazhong Normal University in Wuhan, and Wan Jianzhong, head of the folklore program at Beijing Normal University

A day-long general meeting of the steering committee for the project, which brought together most of the above partner representatives as well as Chao Gejin, Director of the Institute of Ethnic Literature of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and President of the China Folklore Society; folklorist Ye Tao of the Academy, who is general secretary of CFS; and folklorist Zhu Gang, Chao’s assistant at the Academy.

The photo shows the participants in this last-mentioned gathering. L-R: Zhu Gang, Wan Jianzhong, Bill Ivey, Xie Mohua, Tim Lloyd, Zhang Yinghong, Chao Gejin, Chen Xi, Kurt Dewhurst, Marsha MacDowell, Song Junhua, Huang Yonglin, Juwen Zhang. Photo by Juwen Zhang


Jason B. Jackson says...
Posted Thursday, March 1, 2012
Thank you to everyone involved in this effort for your hard work on behalf of the field. Congratulations.

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