Archive of Guizhou Ethnic Cultures
1.  The modernization of China has emerged as an immediate threat to an important array of ethnic expression emanating from Guizhou province. The indigenous ethnic minorities in Guizhou provide a glimpse of an aspect of China increasingly threatened by the rapid modernization and globalization. Existing within a unique landscape that has remained largely unchanged since the 14th century, twelve communities preserve an ecologically sound environment and a way of life that has sustained them up to the present moment. Guizhou, the last province established in China during the early Ming dynasty, remained remote from the main trajectory of Chinese development, and thus escaped much of the modernization that has transformed China, even in recent years. Indeed, many of the cultures preserved in Guizhou have been called the "living fossils" of Chinese culture.

2.  The Workshop and the School of Creative Media ( SCM ) of the City University of Hong Kong initiated the setting up of the Archive of Guizhou Ethnic Cultures to record both tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the various ethnic groups in Guizhou starting with their music, oral histories, festivals and rituals. The project will start with the Dongs. Twelve recording sessions are planned within 24 months and will cover eight Dong regions/village groups that are considered richest and most significant in Dong heritage.

3.  The 1st session: December 2007

4.  The 2nd session was planned to run during the 2008 Chinese New Year but was cancelled due to prolong cold weather affecting southern China. The 2nd and the 3rd sessions are now postponed to this coming May and June.

5.  In April 2008, the Department of History, Central University of Nationalities joined the Archive project. Graduate students from the Department of History and the School of Ethnology will visit the Research Centre of the Workshop in Dimen regularly and work together with the students and staff of SCM, City University of Hong Kong in recording sessions.