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Congjiang Archive Project: The Ninth Visit Report

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Editor’s note:
The Congjiang Archive (2009-2011) is CHP’s second ethnic minority cultural revitalization project. Invited by the UNESCO as one of the eight Chinese Culture and Development Project’s participants, Congjiang Archive calls upon participation from the local people to record their own cultural heritage, encouraging them to develop a greater sense of pride in their own culture and complete a pristine record of their roots in the Congjiang Archive. Below is the summary of the Ninth Visit Report conducted by Project Manager Wang Xiaowang.
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Congjiang Archive Project: The Eight Visit Report

Xiaohuang Village

Xiaohuang Village

Xiaohong Village

Xiaohong Village

Read Beijing and local project volunteers’ feedback on the Congjiang Archive project on their 8th visit to the county.

Recorder training: Looking back to year one
On the first day of the training session, volunteers shared experiences about the Archives project that took place over one year. The volunteers had gained much from their work: a better understanding of their culture and history, pride in their origins, and deeper interest in the other cultures that inhabit their hometowns. Read more»

Congjiang Archive Project: 7th Report

The Volunteer Project Team for the Congjiang Archive has produced a Congjiang Archive 7th Visit Report after having recently visited the area to review  the project’s progress. A UNESCO Officer accompanied the team. Activities included training, working with villagers to produce a cultural calendar and cultural map, and conveying to the local government about the project’s successes through a Midterm Progress Report.

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CHP-UCCA Lecture Series: Congjiang Cultural Mapping – The Lowdown

The UCCA-CHP Congjiang lecture was held at the 798 Art District on a beautiful Spring afternoon. Around 35 people attended, both Chinese and foreign, to listen to UNESCO and UN speakers, and Ms Wang Xiaowang – CHP’s Program Director for the Congjiang project .

Mr Joern Geisselmann, UN Programme Coordinator for The China Culture and Development Partnership Framework, spoke about the overall aims of this framework. The CHP-produced short film The Soul’s Paradise: Congjiang was shown before Ms Wang Xiaowang began discussing the project from CHP’s perspective, followed by a Q&A session

Thank you to the speakers for their participation:

  • Ms. Beatrice Mr. Joern Geisselmann – UN Programme Coordinator for The China Culture and Development Partnership Framework
  • Ms. Wang Xiaowang – Congjiang Cultural Mapping Project Manager, CHP
  • Ms. Li Jiangping – UNESCO Project Coordinator for The China Culture and Development Partnership Framework

CHP 6th Mission Report for Congjiang Cultural Mapping

4-18 March 2010

This is my first trip to Congjiang for 2010. I couldn’t help but worry when seeing the orange color lingering in southwest China on the weather forecast map.

I arrived in Congjiang on the day of Jingzhe (the Waking of Insects, the 3rd solar term in the Chinese calendar). A sudden cold breeze brought the temperature down. Congjiang seemed to be returning to winter from the springtime.

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