folk culture

Secret Folk Music Holds Firm In Badlands

NPR’s Anthony Kuhn, recently returned to China, introduces the Shaanxi folk music known as lao qiang  (老腔), or “old tune”: Traditionally, Lao Qiang musicians would accompany a puppeteer, who would tell stories...

Hanggai: Chinese Punk Looks To The Past

NPR profiles singer Ilchi, a former punk rocker who has returned to his Inner Mongolian roots and traditional folk music: The otherworldly sound of throat singing echoes through a small Beijing cafe. Singer Ilchi is producing...

Amy Tan Reveals Stories of Dong Folk Songs

For the National Geographic special issue on China, author Amy Tan wrote about the village of Dimen in Guizhou. On National Public Radio, Tan discussed the Dong people who live in the village and their tradition of using song to...

China’s “Simplifying Project” – Meg Davis

From China Rights Forum, via Song & Silence: In 1997 I arrived on China’s southwest borders planning to spend a year researching ethnic minority folklore. The only problem, as I discovered when I arrived, was that there wasn’t any. Instead, government culture bureaus and Chinese entrepreneurs had turned the region into an adults-only playground for […]

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