China Institute

Visual Documentation of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm

JR (Jerome Richfield Hall) 132, CSUN

Presented by Prof. David Blumenkrantz, Journalism, CSUN

Intangible Cultural Heritage


My third visit to China, May 28-June 15, was made possible by a Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (RSCA) Travel Grant from the MCCAMC. The first half of the trip was spent documenting Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) artists and locations in a relatively small section of Yunnan Province in southwestern China, and at Yangtze University in Jingzhou, Hubei Province. The ICH movement covers a broad spectrum of cultural traditions, ranging from art and music to math and science, and reaches all corners of the country. Along the way I was introduced to several “Inheritors,” individuals designated and subsidized in various ways by the Culture Ministry to preserve and pass on skills and knowledge to new generations. It became clear during this visit that, against the backdrop of rapid urbanization and commercialization that is sweeping China today, the preservation of these many forms of intangible cultural heritage, some of which are also recognized by UNESCO, is a timely and essential topic for documentary and research.

This lecture is sponsored by CSUN China Institute and the College of Humanities. It is free and open to the public. Campus map is available at this link,, and public parking is available on campus (  Please contact Dr. Weimin Sun at (818-677-6461) for more information.