Lijun Zhang

Lijun Zhang

Lijun Zhang

Assistant Professor

Folklore: Material Culture, Heritage, Museums, Tourism, Oral Narrative, Ethnographic Fieldwork, China, East Asia

Lijun Zhang is Assistant Professor of Folklore in George Mason University’s English Department. Her research interests include material culture, heritage (tangible and intangible), museums and curatorship, institutionalization of culture, tourism, oral narrative, and folklore of China and East Asia. She is co-editor of Chinese Folklore Studies Today: Discourse and Practice and Quilts of Southwest China. She co-curated “Putting Baskets to Use in Southwest China” and the international traveling exhibition “Quilts of Southwest China”. She serves as associate editor of the Journal of American Folklore. She conducts ethnographic research regarding material culture in southwest China. She is also working on a monograph on ethnographic research on tulou (rammed earth building) World Heritage site in southeast China. She teaches courses in folklore and folklife, material culture, museums, Chinese folk culture, and folk narrative.

Selected Publications

Books

Zhang, Lijun and Ziying You, editors. 2019. Chinese Folklore Studies Today: Discourse and Practice. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. [in English] link

MacDowell, Marsha and Lijun Zhang, editors. 2016. Quilts of Southwest China. Nanning: Guangxi People’s Press and distributed by Indiana University Press. [in English and Chinese] link

Articles and Book Chapters

Zhang, Lijun, Jason Baird Jackson, C. Kurt Dewhurst, and Jon Kay. 2022. “Basketry Among Two Peoples of Northern Guangxi, China.” Asian Ethnology 81, no. 1&2: 239-272. [in English]

Jackson, Jason Baird, Lijun Zhang, Wuerxiya. 2021. "Material Culture and Heritage Safeguarding in Southwest China: A Report on a Symposium Organized by the International Folklore Studies Center." Museum Anthropology Review 15, No. 2: 114-121. [in English]

Zhang, Lijun. 2021. “新冠肺炎疫情下的美国公共民俗学实践” [The Practice of Public Folklore in the United States in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic.] 民间文化论坛 [Folk Culture Forum.] (2): 5-15. [in Chinese]

Jackson, Jason Baird, Johannes Müske, and Lijun Zhang. 2020. "Innovation, Habitus, and Heritage: Modeling the Careers of Cultural Forms Through Time." Journal of Folklore Research 57, no. 1: 111-36. [in English]

Jason Baird Jackson, Johannes Müske, and Lijun Zhang. 2019. “创新、惯习与遗产:关于文化形式历史发展进程的理论模型” [Innovation, Habitus, and Heritage: Modeling the Careers of Cultural Forms through Time.] 民间文化论坛 [Folk Culture Forum.] 254: 5-15.[in Chinese]

Zhang, Lijun. 2019. “Institutional Practice of Heritage-making: The Transformation of Tulou from Residential Home to UNESCO World Heritage Site” in Chinese Folklore Studies Today: Discourse and Practice. Lijun Zhang and Ziying You, eds. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.[in English]

Zhang, Lijun and Ziying You. 2019. “Introduction: History and Trends of Chinese Folklore Studies” in Chinese Folklore Studies Today: Discourse and Practice. Lijun Zhang and Ziying You, eds. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. [in English]

Expanded Publication List

Articles and Chapters

Zhang, Lijun. 2018. “Presentation, Representation, and Museumification in Heritage Tourism: The Case of Hongkeng Hakka Earth Building Folk Cultural Village.” Museum Anthropology Review. 12 (1): 5-13. [in English]

Zhang Lijun. 2018. “Guangxi minzu shengtai bowuguan wenhua kongjian jianshe shijian—Guangxi Nandan Lihu Baikuyao shengtai bowuguan de minzuzhi diaocha  (The Institutional Practice of Constructing Cultural Space at Guangxi Ethnic Ecomuseums: Ethnographic Research at the Nandan Lihu Baiku Yao Ecomuseum).” In Zai xiwang de tianye shang: Guangxi minzu shengtai bowuguan 1+10 gongcheng (In the Field of Hope: Guangxi Ethnic Eco-Museums “1+10 Project), edited by Anthropology Museum of Guangxi Editorial Committee, 31–38. Nanning: Guangxi ren min chu ban she (Guangxi People’s Press). [in Chinese]

MacDowell, Marsha and Lijun Zhang. 2016. “Quilts of Southwest China: Research in Progress.” in Quilts of Southwest China. Marsha MacDowell and Lijun Zhang, eds. Pp. 7-16. Nanning: Guangxi People’s Press and Bloomington: Indiana University Press. [in English and Chinese]

Wang, Wei and Lijun Zhang. 2016. “Guangxi Museum of Nationalities.” in Quilts of Southwest China. Marsha MacDowell and Lijun Zhang, eds. Pp. 80-83. Nanning: Guangxi People’s Press and Bloomington: Indiana University Press. [in English and Chinese]

Zhang, Lijun. 2016. “Performing Locality and Identity: Rickshaw Driver’s Narratives and Tourism.” Cambridge Journal of China Studies. 11 (1): 88-103. [in English]

Jason Baird Jackson with Lijun Zhang and Wei-Ping Lee. 2012. “美国民俗学领域物质文化研究的兴起与现状--印第安纳大学民俗学与音乐人类学系杰森·拜尔德·杰克逊访谈录” [The Emergence of Material Culture Studies in American Folkloristics and the Field's Present Status: An Interview with Jason Baird Jackson of the Indiana University Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology]. 于倩、程安霞翻译 [translated by Yu Qian and ChengAnxia] 民俗研究 [Folklore Studies.] 4:47-56.


Jason Baird Jackson with Lijun Zhang and Wei-Ping Lee. “美国民俗学领域物质文化研究的兴起与现状—印第安纳大学民俗学与音乐人类学系杰森·拜尔德·杰克逊访谈录. [The Emergence of Material Culture Studies in American Folkloristics and the Field's Present Status: An Interview with Jason Baird Jackson of the Indiana University Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology] In 民族民间文化研究与保护(第二辑)-仪式卷. [Folklore Culture Research and Conservation, 2]. Pp. 374-387. (西安:世界图书出版公司, 2012) [Xi’an: World Publishing Corporation, 2012]

Book for General Audience

Zhang, Lijun. 2010. Chinese Folk Art and Crafts. Beijing: China Agriculture Press. [in Chinese]

Book Reviews

Zhang, Lijun. 2018. Review of: Materializing Magic Power: Chinese Popular Religion in Villages and Cities (Harvard University Press 2015). Museum Anthropology Review. Vol.12 No.2: 156-157. [in Chinese]

Zhang, Lijun. 2016. Review of: Materializing Magic Power: Chinese Popular Religion in Villages and Cities (Harvard University Press 2015). Museum Anthropology Review. Vol.10 No.1: 59-61. [in English]

Zhang, Lijun. 2012. Review of: World Heritage Angkor and Beyond: Circumstances and Implications of UNESCO Listings in Cambodia (Universitätsverlag Göttingen 2011). Journal of Folklore Research Reviews. [in English]

Digital Publications

“The Chinese Legend of the Butterfly Lovers.” Animated video and online lesson for TED-Ed. https://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-chinese-legend-of-the-butterfly-lovers-lijun-zhang

Jackson, Jason and Lijun Zhang. 2019. “Is that a Pig in Your Basket?” Folklife. 2019. [in English]

Jason Jackson and Lijun Zhang. 2018. “Common Instruments: Putting Baskets to Work in Southwest China.” Hand/Eye Magazine. June 20, 2018. [in English]

Zhang, Lijun, Haiyan Ma, and Yaofeng Wang. 2008. “Auspicious Elements in Chinese Folk Culture.” National Culture. [in Chinese]

Exhibition

Zhang, Lijun and Marsha MacDowell. 2018. “Quilting Arts and Tradition: People, Handcrafts, and Community Life.” Anthropological Museum of Guangxi, Nanning, China. [A reworked version of “Quilts of Southwest China” for Chinese audience with the major exhibition items from the Anthropological Museum of Guagnxi’s Collection. Travel Exhibition Venue: Yunan Nationalities Museum, Yulin Museum in Guangxi.]

MacDowell, Marsha and Lijun Zhang. 2015. “Quilts of Southwest China.” Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, Michigan, USA. [Exhibition as a part of a collaborative project between American Folklore Society and Chinese Folklore Society. Travel Exhibition Venues: International Quilt Study Center at University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indiana University in Bloomington, and the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.]

Jackson, Jason Baird and Lijun Zhang. 2015. “Putting Baskets to Work in Southwest China.” Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. [Exhibition as a part of a collaborative project between American Folklore Society and Chinese Folklore Society. Travel Exhibition Venue: Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma in Norman.]

Courses Taught

ENGH 315    Folklore and Folklife

FOLK 560 ENGH 412/590    Folk Narrative: Past & Present

ENGH 412/591    Material Culture and Museums

FOLK 570 ENGH 412/591    Folklore in China

FOLK 550 ENGH 412/591 Folklore and Museums

Education

Ph.D in Folklore with a minor in Cultural Anthropology, Indiana University-Bloomington

M.A. in Folklore, Beijing Normal University

B.A. in English Language and Literature, Beijing Normal University

Recent Presentations

2021 “ICH and Community Crafting Practice: The Case of Commercial Basketry in Eastern Guizhou.” Material Culture and Heritage Safeguarding in Southwest China Symposium Organized for the International Folklore Studies Center, Beijing Normal University and Indiana University. (Online)

2021. "Quilts of Southwest China." Textile Talks. (with Marsha MacDowell) (Online)

2020. “The Peoples of Southwest China and Their Traditional Arts.” San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, Texas, USA.(with Jason Baird Jackson) (Online)

2020. “Meta-cultural Awareness and Museumification: The Idealized Representation of Tulou Living Space in Heritage Tourism.” Institute of Folk Literature, School of Chinese Language and Literature, Beijing Normal University. Beijing, China. (Online)

2019. "Baskets in a Baiku Yao Community Today." Annual Conference of the American Anthropology Association. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

2019. "The Semantics of Safeguarding in the Context of UNESCO and China." Critical Developments in Cultural Sustainability Working Conference. The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Washington D.C., USA.

2019. “Institutional Practice of Heritage Making: The Transformation of Tulou From Residential Home to UNESCO World Heritage.” Annual Conference of the American Folklore Society. Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

2019. “Building a Museum Collection of Work Baskets in Northern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.” Annual Conference of the American Folklore Society. Baltimore, Maryland, USA. (with Jason Baird Jackson)

2019. “Collaboration with Community Individuals and Ecomuseums in Ethnographic Research.” The Seventh Forum on China-US Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage: Collaborative Work in Museum folklore and Heritage Studies. Indiana University Beijing Gateway, Beijing, China.