Exploring Cross-Cultural Understanding Through Chinese Paper-Cutting: An Observational Study in Welsh Communities


In the contemporary globalised world, cross-cultural communication has become a subject of widespread concern, with cross-cultural understanding being a key component. Traditional folk art and cultural heritage can be potent vehicles for promoting cross-cultural understanding. This research seeks to explore how the art of Chinese papercutting can be utilised as a medium for cross-cultural communication. As an educator and scholar of culture studies and communication, with prior experience in field research on Chinese paper-cutting in Zherong, Fujian province, the author aims to investigate this subject by delivering paper-cutting education and practice workshops in Swansea, Wales. Through a series of workshops, seminars, and exhibitions in local art galleries, including the learning of the history, storytelling techniques craft skills of Chinese paper-cutting, this research intends to explore the experiences and reactions of Welsh communities and individuals to this exotic art form. The research will employ a combination of observational research and narrative interviews with participants to collect data and analyse the impact of Chinese paper-cutting on participants' cross-cultural understanding. The findings of this research will contribute to a deeper understanding of the role of traditional art in promoting cross-cultural communication and will provide insights into how cultural heritage can be utilised to enhance cross-cultural understanding, especially in the context of everyday life practices. This research aims to address the gaps in knowledge regarding the capacity of regional cultural heritage and traditional arts in enhancing cross-cultural communication and hopes to contribute to the academic discussions in the fields of art and humanity.

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Wenxia Jia, Fujian Jiangxia University, China

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Conference: ECAH2023
Stream: Arts - Social

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To cite this article:
Jia W. (2023) Exploring Cross-Cultural Understanding Through Chinese Paper-Cutting: An Observational Study in Welsh Communities ISSN: 2188-1111 – The European Conference on Arts & Humanities 2023: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-1111.2023.13
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-1111.2023.13

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