The folkloric, the spectacular, and the institutionalized: touristifying ethnic minority dances on China's southwest frontiers

  title={The folkloric, the spectacular, and the institutionalized: touristifying ethnic minority dances on China's southwest frontiers},
  author={Jing Li},
  journal={Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change},
  pages={65 - 83}
  • Jing Li
  • Published 24 February 2012
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change
This article examines the upsurge of producing ethnic minority dance spectacles for tourists in contemporary Yunnan, southwest China. This new wave, along with the shift from the folkloric to the spectacular and professional, indicates a distinct scenario of transformation as the productions of these performances are shaped by the intriguing collaboration among capitalist tourism enterprises, regional governments, and art professionals who are engaged in the state-promoted institutionalization… 
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