Abstract

This note examines the 2002 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, entitled "The Silk Road: Creating Culture, Connecting Trust," and focuses specifically on the work of the Central Asian and Japanese fashion designers. I explore how participants and presenters related to one another, considering many were strangers from different countries and social backgrounds when they arrived on the National Mall. The note demonstrates the contested interactions between the various designers and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH), particularly between the Japanese group and the CFCH. I posit that the varying agendas of the participants, the festival's principal designer, and the CFCH administration challenged the larger goal of creating a unified pan-Asian identity.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1535-1882
Print ISSN
0021-8715
Pages
pp. 112-123
Launched on MUSE
2008-01-10
Open Access
No
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