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By Bu Aihua and Yang Zhiqing | Center for Hunan Cultural Heritage at Huaihua University | contributors

      Xiangxi Miao drum dance is one of the most appealing and distinctive folk arts in Xiangxi Miao regions of western Hunan Province of China with a history of thousands of years. Bred from Miao farming culture, it can be dated back to the Qin and Han dynasties. During wartime and ethnic migrations of generations, Miao people who entered into Xiangxi regions of western Hunan Province brought Miao drum dance to the banks of the Mengdong River in Yuping Mountain. Since then, a unique Xiangxi Miao drum dance emerged.

By Elaine Dunn | January 2022

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It took three decades from legislation being introduced in Congress to the completed African American museum opening its doors to the public on the National Mall in Wash., D.C.

So Asian American leaders who are pushing for an Asian American museum know not to expect miracles overnight!

(The National Mall)

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Chinese New Year.  Spring Festival.  Lunar New Year.  Whatever you choose to call it, it is China’s most important annual celebration and is celebrated for 15 days. This year, Feb. 1 will herald in the Year of the Tiger.


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By Elaine Dunn, April 2021

For this writer, memories of growing up in Hong Kong in the ‘60s consist of much fun, freedom and feckless activities.  This was a decade when Hong Kong grew in wealth and population at an unprecedented rate.  Still, back then, probably most HK citizens knew things would be quite different when the territorial lease from China is up and the British colony goes back to China. 

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By Elaine Dunn, April 2021

On March 20, the Chinese National Cultural Heritage Administration released important archaeological findings from the 3,000-year-old Sanxingdui archaeological site.  It said the artifacts could provide new insights on the ancient Shu (1250-1100 B.C.state, now part of Sichuan Province, in southwest China.  

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