Shiliupu Fabric Market – an ethnographic film

For a class called “The Chinese Marketplace” taught by Prof. Pan Tianshu (School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University), Chai Lu Bohannan combined her leisure with her study by filming a fabric market. Like many of her classmates in the Davidson-in-Shanghai program, one of the side benefits of living in Shanghai is the ability to get affordable custom-made clothing. The students (and some of the faculty, I must admit) enjoyed selecting fabrics (silk, cashmere, and wool, for example) and then choosing a style (traditional Chinese, modern business, or contemporary fashion). Chai Lu made this film along with other Fudan and international students – Daryl Ang, Yizhou Nie, and Jingwen Wang.

Shiliupu Fabric Market from thefieldworker on Vimeo.

Taiwanese Scooters, by Chai Lu Bohannan and Alina Gomez

As part of their exploration of what makes Taipei different from Shanghai, Chai Lu and Ali made a video exploring a readily-seen feature of Taipei – the scooters and motorcycles of Taiwan. The Mods don’t have anything on this woman featured in this ethnographic short.

Auras of Lu Xun Park by Katie Wells

Auras of Lu Xun Park by Katie Wells from thefieldworker on Vimeo.

This pecha kucha made by Katie Wells features Lu Xun Park. In celebration of Golden Week (National Day is October 1) and the Mid-Autumn Festival, the park was extensively decorated with lanterns and other displays to entertain the children and the retirees who frequent the park.

Experiencing Anqing Baozi by Daniel Seabrooks

Experiencing Anqing Baozi by Daniel Seabrooks from thefieldworker on Vimeo.

Street Food – a PK by Chai Lu Bohannan

Shanghai Street Food, by Chai Lu Bohannan from thefieldworker on Vimeo.

This pecha kucha made by Chai Lu Bohannan is a beautiful introduction to one of the joys of everyday Chinese culture ; a quick and tasty pleasure that everyone in the program has explored to one degree or another. Chai Lu was thorough and systematic in her investigation of street food; here is the CNN International link that she refers to in the video.

Here’s another take on street food in Shanghai, albeit one not as aesthetically-pleasing as Chai Lu’s.