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FOLK 290 601 Asian Folklore

Lecturer: Wednesday 6:30-9:30 pm


How are the Chinese New Year celebrations imbued with nationalism in China and ethnicity construction in USA respectively? How do Asian women employ their songs, rituals, and self-invented writing system to break silence and to resist gender hierarchy: How do religious elites in South and Southeast Asia utilize and invent folk traditions to uphold the integrity of ethnic cultures when facing the threat of modern education and cultural assimilation? How do development experts and entrepreneurs in contemporary Asia achieve economic prosperity on the stage made of Folklore? With a focus on the geographical, cultural and political contexts of Asia (and the Asian Diaspora in USA), this course will examine the transmission modes of Asian (&Asian American) Folklore through communities over time and various form of indigenous knowledge it creates.

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