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June 2011. Vol. 15, No. 3. – Student Engagement in the Interpretive and Planning Process

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ChinaVine is a collaborative project between faculty, independent scholars, and students at the University of Oregon, University of Central  Florida, Shandong University of Art and Design, Beijing Normal University, and the Beijing Folk Literature and Art Association.  The site is an interpretive online space allowing for contributors from around the world to present ideas, images, and interpretations of Chinese folk art and participatory culture.   The site is now preparing for a relaunch in Fall 2011.  In this article, faculty and former graduate students at the University of Oregon, coordinators of the site’s development, introduce the visioning behind the process and the ways in which challenges have been met for transferring a diverse and vibrant folk culture to an online medium.


Julie Voelker-Morris
Robert Voelker-Morris

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3 comments to June 2011. Vol. 15, No. 3. – Student Engagement in the Interpretive and Planning Process

  • The interpretive strategies discussed in this advisory are informing the current work we are doing in our field school “Public Culture and Heritage: A Beijing Based Field School.” The field school website can be accessed at You can also go to to discover additional recent activities associated with ChinaVine.

  • Roya Amirsoleymani

    I greatly appreciate the ways in which these essays help to elucidate the ChinaVine process and project. It seems like great timing to reflect on the recent past and forecast the future of ChinaVine in a way that helps those of us readers/followers/fans still somewhat new to the project gain a sense of where it has been and where it’s headed. I admire how reflects its overall research focus on the intersection of traditional and contemporary practices in its actual functionality by serving as a a digital multimedia, interactive presentation of folk arts. I am excited by folk arts’ future in the digital realm and how technology will inform its preservation, interpretation, and discussion. ChinaVine is clearly on the cutting edge of such theoretical dialogue and practical application.

  • Emily Hope Dobkin

    Hello everyone,

    I am currently part of the ChinaVine team and want to make sure you are aware of the exciting news surrounding our recent trips to China, as well as the related work currently happening here in the U.S. For those unfamiliar, ChinaVine is a collaborative project among universities and organizations both in America and China whose mission is to educate English-speaking children, youth, and adults about the material and intangible culture of China.

    I would like encourage you all to take a moment to explore and “like”/”follow” us on our various social media outlets:







    Our current website is, and we are eagerly awaiting the launch of our re-designed website, so stay tuned for that!

    Also, please note that tomorrow (October 26th) Professors Doug Blandy and John Fenn will be presenting on this past summer’s ChinaVine field school at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art from 5:30-7:00 PM in the Ford Lecture Hall. They will be presenting among other UO faculty, staff, and students on UO programs in China; please join us and learn about their experiences exploring folk art in today’s China.

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