Re: publication of Butterfly Mother and Wu Yifang visit
- I was fortunate to see Wu Yifang's presentation at both the AFS
conference and at OSU. These included many photographs of the displays
at the museum in Guizhou as well as vocal performances of a variety of
songs (including a section of the Butterfly Mother epic). There may be
some confusion as to her ethnicity due to the Miao (Hmong) ethnonym,
however. Ms. Yifang comes from the Hmu ethic group within the Miao
nationality and is a native speaker of the Eastern branch of the
Hmong/Miao language (within the Hmong-Mien/Miao-Yao language family).
In conversation, she identified herself as Hmu, Miao, Chinese as well
as Hmong (in the increasingly popular, broad sense of the word). A
great example of the complexities of ethnic identity in China (as well
as everywhere else).
(BTW, I am enjoying reading Dr. Bender's translation and recommend it
to anyone interested in oral epics, minority culture in China, or
ethnopoetics in general).
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "mabgogo" <mabgogo@...> wrote:
> This is a note to let your group know of a recent traslation of Miao
> (Hmong) oral literature form China, and the US visit by Miao (Hmong)
> public sector folklorist from China, Wu Yifang:
> Butterfly Mother: Miao Hmong) Creation Epics from Guizhou, China.
> Hackett Publishing Co.(Sept. 2006; 214 pages) Translated by Mark
> Bender, based on a version edited and compiled by Jin Dan and Ma
> Xueliang. Find it for $12.95 on Amazon or Hackett website (educator
> discount available on latter).
> Jin Dan is a Miao (Hmong) researcher and epic singer, now retired from
> the Guizhou Province Nationalities Publishing House.
> Last week, Jin Dan's daughter, Wu Yifang (Guizhou Provincial Museum,
> Guiyang), presented a paper on ethnic minority displays (mostly
> Miao/Hmong) at her workplace as an invited international guest of the
> American Folklore Society in Milwaukee (Oct.18) She also presented
> this week at Ohio State University, speaking on material culture
> (especiallly silver ornaments) and performing epic singing. She is
> presently visiting Hmong communities in Milwaukee and Madison. -- Mark
> Bender, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State