ANTHROPOLOGICAL
FILMMAKING HOME

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

 

BAOYIN BATU, A HORQIN MONGOL, HAS BEEN MY COMPANION AND TRANSLATOR ON NUMEROUS ANTHROPOLOGICAL FILMMAKING PROJECTS IN THE YEARS FROM 2002 TO 2009. BAOYIN IS A TEACHER OF ENGLISH AT THE NO. 2 MIDDLE SCHOOL OF WU LAN HAO TE, XING'AN LEAGUE, INNER MONGOLIA. BAOYIN ACCOMPANIED ME ON ALL OF MY ANTHROPOLOGICAL FILMMAKING PROJECTS BETWEEN 2002 AND 2009, VISITING HIS HOME VILLAGE (LEFT), ARRANGING INTERVIEWS AND FILMMAKING EVENTS (RIGHT), AND TRAVELING WITH ME FOR THE FILMMAKING PROJECT THROUGHOUT THE TONGLIAO CITY PREFECTURE AND THE XING'AN LEAGUE.

 

CHEN SHUANGLIAN, A HORQIN MONGOL, IS A PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH IN THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF THE INNER MONGOLIA UNIVERSITY FOR NATIONALITIES, TONGLIAO CITY, INNER MONGOLIA. SHUANGLIAN FIRST WORKED WITH ME IN 2009 AS A TRANSLATOR, TRANSLATING MATERIAL FROM THE SOUND TRACKS OF VIDEOS FILMED THAT DAY. AFTER I HAD RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES, SHE WORKED WITH ME BY EMAIL IN THE POST-PRODUCTION PHASES OF THIS PROJECT, TRANSLATING, AND CORRECTING THE WRITTEN MATERIALS AND WRITTEN MATERIALS ON FILMS FOR THIS PROJECT. SHUANLIAN CAME TO THE UNITED STATES AS A VISITING SCHOLAR IN THE FALL SEMESTER OF 2012-2013 (RIGHT).

 

HAO GUILIAN, A HAN CHINESE, WAS AN M.A. STUDENT IN THE INSTITUTE FOR AMERICAN STUDIES AT SHANDONG UNIVERSITY WHEN WE MET HER IN 1998. SHE SUBSEQUENTLY INVITED ME AND MY WIFE (LOUISE STEIN, ALSO AN ANTHROPOLOGIST) TO VISIT HER FAMILY'S HOME NEAR ULANHOT (LEFT), INNER MONGOLIA. IT WAS THEN THAT I FIRST BECAME ACQUAINTED WITH THE MUSIC OF THE HORQIN MONGOLS OF EASTERN INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA (RIGHT). HAO GUILIAN SUBSEQUENTLY COMPLETED HER PH.D. IN ENGLISH LITERATURE AND NOW TEACHES AT THE COLLEGE OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES, YUNNAN NORMAL UNIVERSITY, KUNMING CITY, YUNNAN PROVINCE.

AND, OF COURSE, THANKS SO MUCH TO ALL OF THE HORQIN MONGOLS WHO WELCOMED ME, WHO PLAYED THEIR TRADITIONAL MUSIC FOR ME, AND CONSENTED TO INTERVIEWS ABOUT THEIR LIVES.

       

FINALLY, THANKS SO MUCH TO THE ACADEMICS WHO AGREED TO PROVIDE ME WITH INSIGHTS INTO MONGOL CULTURE OUT OF THEIR OWN RESEARCH EXPERIENCES.