Tami Blumenfield Furman University

Dr. Tami Blumenfield
James B. Duke Assistant Professor of Asian Studies

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Tami Blumenfield is an anthropologist of China and documentary film producer who earned her doctorate at the University of Washington in 2010. While a college sophomore studying Chinese at Yunnan University, she took a short-term leave of absence to act in a Yunnan Minority Film Studios feature film, 幸福花园 (Garden of Happiness). Dr. Blumenfield has since spent more than four years conducting fieldwork in ethnically diverse regions of southwest China on educational practices, cultural heritage politics, social change and media production.

Much of her research has explored social change in Na villages located in and around tourist zones near Lugu Lake. Her book manuscript Screening Moso: Communities of Media in Southwest China, supported by a publication fellowship from the American Association for University Women, discusses a collaboration and participatory media project with the Moso Folk Museum. Dr. Blumenfield continues to collaborate with Moso Folk Museum directors Onci Archei and Ruheng Duoji, most recently on the documentary, Some Na Ceremonies.

Film Studies Courses

AST-211 Media in Asia

Media, primarily from and about South Korea, Japan, China, and India, is used to examine globalizing and local images, texts and sounds. The course will discuss news media coverage, flows of media forms like Japanese manga and Hong Kong martial arts, and interpretations of Asian media forms in the United States and throughout the world. Students will learn how to interpret and analyze visual images.

Related Publications

2013a. Blumenfield, Tami and Helaine Silverman, eds. Cultural Heritage Politics in China. New York: Springer.

2013b. Silverman, Helaine and Tami Blumenfield. “Cultural Heritage Politics in China: An Introduction.” In Cultural Heritage Politics in China, Tami Blumenfield and Helaine Silverman, eds. New York: Springer.

2013 (in review). “Editing Some Na Ceremonies: Pitfalls and Pragmatics in Developing a Curricular DVD.” Submitted to Visual Anthropology Review as part of special issue on ethnographic filmmaking in China, edited by Maris Gillette.

2010. Scenes from Yongning: Media Creation in China’s Na Villages. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Washington.

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