The Mediatization of Folk Art: From Narrative Study of Paper Cutting in Fujian, China

Conference: The Paris Conference on Arts & Humanities (PCAH2022)
Title: The Mediatization of Folk Art: From Narrative Study of Paper Cutting in Fujian, China
Stream: Arts - Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Wenxia Jia, Fujian jiangxia University, China and University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK


Chinese papercutting is considered as a cultural-oriented interpretation. With folk culture paradigm embedded in it, papercutting makes civilization and record history. Mediatization refers to a process of media and social change, and research about it focuses on the role played by different media rings in the process of social and cultural change. Developments of media technology have affected the content, form and mode of operation of folk art, and have expanded the boundaries of such art industries. These change can be seen in the narratives of paper-cutting: the stories of paper-cutting, based on the original folklore, historical stories, proverbs and political propaganda before, have taken on new variations like feminism, new age political slogans, popular culture and postmodern cultural content. Meanwhile, there are new trends in the practitioners and organisations of paper-cutting, all of which constitute issues for study. My research will take an approach of narrative research: I collect the data about the paper cut from ZheRong county, Fujian province, China, where paper cutting was rewarded ‘Chinese national Intangible Cultural Heritage’ based on its essential impact on this area. The date for research includes:the text including its history, its development status, its works that are famous and representative; the interview records from the inheritors and related villagers and governors; the notes of my experience during my field study in the point, etc. With the help of this data, we can understand the mechanism of narrative change in a folk art like paper-cutting under the influence of

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