How do geographically and culturally peripheral peoples in China deal with the impact of state-defined notions of modernity (economic, cultural) on their own social and cultural environment? This talk introduces the Yi (Nuosu) of Liangshan in Sichuan Province, their culture and issues of contemporary social and cultural change from the vantage point of Yi (Nuosu) men. The talk also includes the presentation of visual and audio materials from Yi (Nuosu) folklore, traditional music, and religion.

Olivia Skender-Kraef is currently a PhD candidate with the Institute of Sinology at the Free University of Berlin. Olivia studied sinology, political science, North-American studies and Chinese-English translation in Berlin, Bonn, and Beijing, and has lived, studied and worked in China for 12 years. Since 2002, Olivia has been conducting extensive research on the Yi (Nuosu) of Liangshan, Sichuan Province, particularly in the context of gender, migration, cultural change, minority policy and music.

Venue: China Culture Center, Beijing, China.
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