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/ China/ PeopleA fondness for folkloreUpdated: 2012-04-06 07:40By He Na and Han Junhong in Changchun (China Daily) Comments()PrintMailLarge Medium  Small
分享按钮0While collecting folklore in Northeast China, Cao Bao-ming has nearly drowned in a river, been bitten by snakes, lost in the mountains, poisoned by carbon monoxide and robbed.Hes even been thrown out of peoples homes.Cao, 63, has spent the past 40 years trotting through almost every corner of Northeast China to record folklore before it is lost.”In many peoples minds, Northeast China is a place without culture, but to me thats totally not true,” the scholar told China Daily in his study, where notebooks are stacked up on a bookshelf that reaches the ceiling.Inside the books are years worth of handwritten notes from his field trips, ranging from the work songs of loggers in the Changbai Mountains to tales of traditional ice fishermen in Chagan Lake.”Im not good at computers, so all of my original manuscripts and notes of interviews are written in pen,” explained the tall and burly scholar in his strong northeast accent.Cao cherishes one particular water-stained notebook most, as it almost cost him his life.It was in the spring of 1994, when Cao was collecting forest workers songs in the Changbai Mountain area. To record the original life of these workers, Cao spent a few days living, eating and working with them. Folklore collector Cao Baoming stands beside a farmer who continues his familys century-old tradition of training eagles near the Changbai Mountains in Jilin province. Provided to China Daily  Previous Page1 2 Next Page    Previous Page1 2 Next Page  Most ViewedTodays Top NewsAlleged smuggling kingpin Lai Changxing stands trialChina names six terroristsHackers find direct line to infoChongqing continues opening up11 crew of HK cargo ship rescuedKey indicator gives mixed signalsSevere drought plagues 13 provincesMinistry sued for failing to offer dataVideoSlidePodcastPicturesChen Kun appointed as UNICEF Ambassador for ChinaExclusive interview with Lithuanian directorWelcome to Easter villageCherry blossoms blooming in TokyoChinas tennis ace eyes next years OlympicsForeign pilots call for better safety systemsAnti-Gadhafi forces take heavy lossesRising waves of sea disputesHighway cracks after 1 monthWelcome to Easter villageColors of IndiaHot Topicsiphone, shenzhou, taiwan, hiv, school bus, house, hk, tibet, rare earth, food safetyEditors PicksFrom dim sum to cross-talk starFront Pages, April 6Welcome to Easter villageDPRK launch an intel opportunity for USStoner will be even faster this timeHeat silence ThunderMore China NewsAlleged smuggling kingpin Lai stands trialChinas financial supervision sound: IMFChina publishes names of six terroristsCollege grads flock to funeral industryGovt works on new programs to aid small bizSongwriters say copyright draft doesnt protectSpecialsQingming Festival specialWorld Water Forummore