The Role of Guangxi Folk Song Archives in Protecting Local Ethnic Culture - Seoul, Friday 9 September 09:45-11:15

ICA | 29 July 2016

Date : Friday 9 September 2016 09:45-11:15

Room : HALL E3+4

Theme : 5. Diversity and harmony among archival cultures and societies

SESSION 9.3 / P171 The Role of Guangxi Folk Song Archives in Protecting Local Ethnic Culture



The Role of Guangxi Folk Song Archives in Protecting Local Ethnic Culture


Guangxi, home to 12 long-dwelling ethnic groups, is an autonomous region boasting the largest population of different ethnic groups in China. Among which, Zhuang, the indigenous group with the second largest population among all ethnic groups in China, enjoys a long history. Zhuang people had their own language and tried to create their own characters. Due to backward economic and cultural development, written language for Zhuang people was not created.


The Role of Guangxi Folk Song Archives_ Seoul 2016


Zhuang is an ethnic group with great enthusiasm in singing and dancing. They tend to express their joys and sorrows with folk songs as there is no written language of their own. Folk songs has become the most important tool which can help communicate and express the emotion and ideas of Zhuang people. By the end of 1950s one hundred ninety-two thousand folk songs had been collected, such collection, selection, and processing has resulted in the rich folk archives.



According to our records of Zhuang folk songs, the most representative Zhuang folk song singer is Liu Sanjie,all of folk songs are considered to be passed down by her.


People immediately associate these songs with Guangxi, the beautiful Guilin landscape, and beautiful Liu Sanjie. Folk songs have drawn the attention of the Chinese central government, which has helped increase the popularity of Zhuang culture.


The folk song fair dominated by folk song antiphon is an annual gathering. The traditional folk song festival on March 3 and Nanning International Folk Songs Arts Festival have attracted those who love folk songs from around the world to Guangxi every year. Folk songs have become the major way of communication during traditional festivals, and folk song archives will continue to play an irreplaceable role in protecting and inheriting historical cultures.

Ying Luo

Ying Luo, Archival Informanization Division of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Archives, China