Member of ChinaVine.org Research Team
This past May, UM Department of Art (BA Art Education, 2011) alumna, Jaclyn Bousquet, traveled to Beijing and the Dali area of Yunnan Province in China with Professor Laurie Hicks and members of the ChinaVine.org research team to document Rao San Ling, a “rite of spring” festival celebrated by the Bai, one of China’s many ethnic groups. She spent two weeks in Beijing and Dali, helping interview participants and record the music, dance, chanting, food and prayers that make up the festival. ChinaVine.org is a collaboration between the Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy (CCACP) at the University of Oregon and the Cultural Heritage Alliance (CHA) at the University of Central Florida, the University of Maine, the Folk Art Research Institute at Shandong University of Art and Design in Jinan, the Folklore Program at Beijing Normal University, and the Beijing Folk Literature and Art Association. The purpose of ChinaVine.org is to document and make available to an English language audience the traditional and emerging cultural heritage of China. Jaclyn became involved in 2010 while seeking a focus for her Honors Thesis. Working from primary and secondary source materials brought back from China by Professor Hicks, Jaclyn’s thesis describes the history, traditions and contemporary forms of Qibao Shadow Play. In addition, Jaclyn developed educational materials for use by K-12 teachers. Her materials have become part of the ChinaVine archive and are available on the ChinaVine.org website. As a result of this work, Jaclyn was invited to travel to China this past May and work first-hand as a member of the research team.