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Encountering the Local: 2nd DEALL-CFS Symposium on Chinese and North American Folklore

Following the 2015 symposium held for visiting scholars in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature (DEALL) and volunteers from Center for Folklore Studies (CFS), this year’s symposium will continue that cross-cultural dialogue with a different set of presenters. Under the theme “encountering the local,” presentations are divided into three sections that will serve as points of departure to solicit meaningful conversations. 

There will be presentations on vernacular and artistic expressions in daily life given by Xiaoshuai Mao (Shandong University), Sydney K. Varajon (Ohio State), and by Yao Ping (Nankai University). In the second section, Sarah Craycraft (Ohio State), Anping Luo (Southwest University for Nationalities) and Laura Pearce (Ohio State) will discuss trans-local identities and sense of place. Finally, Jinlong Xu (Central China Normal University) Hui Xiong (Northeast Forestry University), and Li Huang (Southwest University for Nationalities) will talk about Chinese reception of American culture. 

Professor Mark Bender and Professor Katherine Borland will serve as discussants. This event is made possible by the student organization “Literature and Folklore in Greater China (LFGC),” and Council for Student Affairs. Co-organizers include Wei Liu, Anping Luo, Yao Ping and Wenyuan Shao.

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