Virtual ProgramTuesday, October 19

26-02 “Folk” Culture in Eastern Asia: Transition, Survivance, and Attendance

Tuesday, October 19, 5:15 pm–6:45 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the Transnational Asia/Pacific Section


Chair: Mark Allan Bender (The Ohio State University)

5:15 pm
Retelling the Malaysian Folktale, Dayang Senandung, for Contemporary Audience
Shahreena Shahrani (Independent)

5:45 pm
“Muddy Dogs” in Struggles: Discourses about Tradition, ICH, and Identity around a Clay Toy
Yuanhao (graham) Zhao (National University of Singapore)

6:15 pm
Maintaining Language and Folk Literature in Ethnic Yi (Yizu) Areas in China
Mark Allan Bender (The Ohio State University)

This panel examines dynamics of cultural transition in diverse local cultural areas of Eastern Asia, by way of expressions of “folk” culture. Cultural intersections in this area, particularly at the intersections of politically drawn borders of India, China, and Southeast Asia date back into prehistory, with complex linkages of migration and cultural exchange. In recent decades, rapid technological, social, environmental, economic, demographic, and cultural changes impact all of the cultures and communities in this region and parallel similar situations worldwide.