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Mosuo Culture and Special Exhibition, April 22 [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2006-4-12 00:15:33 |Display all floors
My abiding passion is in learning about different cultures; I work as a cross-cultural consultant, and have travelled extensively in China, visiting many different regions and many different minorities.

One minority that has particularly captured my interest, and my passion, is the Mosuo culture.  Although not very well-known, they are a very unique culture.  They have many aspects of matriarchal cultures, with women in charge of the family, owning all property, etc.  They also do not practice marriage; instead, women can choose (and change) partners as they please in a system called "zou hun" or "walking marriage".

One and a half years ago, I began working with the Mosuo to set up a non-profit organization to support them in their endeavors.  They live in one of the poorest regions of China, high in the Himalayan Mountains, on the border of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces.  Many villages still have no electricity; most have no running water.  Average annual income is around RMB 500-1000.

In January of this year, we completed registration of the Lugu Lake Mosuo Cultural Development Association.  We have established our website at www.mosuoproject.org, which I would encourage everyone to check out.  It has detailed information about the Mosuo culture, about our organization, and about the projects we plan to do.

On April 22, we will be holding an Art Exhibition in Ritan Park, to publicize our organization, and to raise funds for our work.  This will be a rather unique art exhibition, done in partnership with Montessori Schools; the "artwork" will be drawings and paintings done by local schoolchildren (from both international and Chinese schools), and the idea is that you "buy" a painting for a voluntary fee (whatever you want to give), and the money goes to support our work.  In addition, we will have a special exhibit of paintings done by Mosuo schoolchildren.

Throughout the day, we will have other activities, such as singing/dancing by Mosuo women, talks about Mosuo culture, and introductions about our organization and our work by several of the Mosuo members of our organization.  We will also be showing various movies and documentaries about the Mosuo throughout the day, and the directors of one of the documentaries will be there to talk about her time with the Mosuo, and the making of her documentary.

All in all, this should be a great day, and provide lots of entertainment and information for those who are interested in learning about one of China's most unique minority groups.  It is free to attend, no invitation is needed, and you can come/leave at any time you like (the art exhibition will be held all day, from approximately 9:00-5:00).

I'd also encourage you to pass this information on to your friends; the more people who come, the better!

Hope to see you there!

[ Last edited by canadianguy at 2006-4-12 12:18 AM ]
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Post time 2006-4-12 05:04:45 |Display all floors
Congratulations on getting your organization up and going.  Good luck with the exhibition.

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Post time 2006-4-12 11:42:04 |Display all floors
Yes, good luck, I wish I could be there. I'm sure if someone lives near Ritan Park, they will know where it is, but for those of us far away, perhaps it might be helpful to mention what city it's in.

I would LOVE to see the paintings by the Mosuo children. Maybe you could take some pictures and put them online? Maybe some photos of the whole event? I haven't been to your site in a while, but pictures of the event could be a great addition. And you could use them for publicity elsewhere for future events. If I am in Beijing next year and you do it again, I'd definitely try to go.

Great job! (applause, applause, applause...)
I am not rich.  :L

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Post time 2006-4-12 12:34:34 |Display all floors

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Thanks, freaky, you are right...I didn't mention the city.  It will be in Beijing.

You should check out the site, we've entirely redesigned it, and have lots of pics now.  We don't have pics of the paintings at present, but plan to put them up in future.

And we'll be doing various events approximately 3-4 times each year, so when you come, I'm sure there'll be something for you to see :-)

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Post time 2006-4-13 07:21:03 |Display all floors
The site looks great! I love all the pictures, it really adds a lot to the site. The site leaves me with the impression that the Mosuo are colorful, vibrant, yet calm, peaceful people. It makes me want to go!
*sigh...*
How far are the Mosuo from Beijing, and what kind of travel is necessary to get to them?
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Post time 2006-4-13 10:14:31 |Display all floors
NOT the easiest place to get to.  The Mosuo live on the border of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, high in the Himalayas.  To get there from Beijing, you either take a plane to Lijiang (3 hours), or a train to Panzhihua (2 days).  From either destination, you then have approximately an approximately 5-6 hour bus ride on narrow, twisting mountain roads to get to Lugu Lake.

Not the easiest of trips...but well worth it, in my opinion!  Our organization will be organizing periodic trips to Lugu Lake, (which will generally be much better than most standard tourist trips, in that we'll give a much more authentic experience of Mosuo culture), so if you want to do this, just keep checking our website occasionally.  You can also sign up to our mailing list and receive periodic updates if you want (info for this is on the forum at www.mosuoproject.org/forum)

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Post time 2006-4-13 10:40:15 |Display all floors
hi, canadianguy,  glad to see you are back from the women kingdom. I thought you got lost in the women kingdom........:P

BUt it's a pity your exhibition will not be held in gunagzhou. Will it?

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