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Curatorial ConversationsCultural Representation and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival$
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Olivia Cadaval, Sojin Kim, and Diana Baird N'Diaye

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496805980

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496805980.001.0001

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West Meets East: Asian Programs at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

West Meets East: Asian Programs at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

(p.87) West Meets East: Asian Programs at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Curatorial Conversations

Richard Kennedy

University Press of Mississippi

The author describes the curator’s role in developing and navigating relationships and representation with nation/state partners in the context of serious political differences and violent histories which include the legacy of U.S. engagements with Asian countries. Ranging across the experience of collaborative research and curation of ten international programs at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival—chiefly involving Asian countries, including the Silk Road Festival and the Mekong River Festival Program, over a twenty year period (1988 – 2008)—the chapter chronicles the changing attitudes of both organizers and audiences and traces changing attitudes to ideas about the nature of “tradition” over these decades.

Keywords:   Asia (Asian countries), International programs, Mekong River Festival, Research, Silk Road Festival

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