Asian Ethnology Podcast

Interview with Guha Shankar: Folklife and Film

Interviewer: Ben Dorman, co-editor Asian Ethnology

Recorded 22 March 2018, Washington D.C.

This episode's guest is Guha Shankar, Folklife Specialist at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Asian Ethnology Editorial Board.

Episode Summary

Intro :32

Association with Frank Korom, co-editor of Asian Ethnology 3:50

The story behind the film Hosay Trinidad 6:20

Graduate studies in anthropology 11:06

The American Folklife Center: Work, history, and How the Center has evolved 16:15

Concerning the American Folklife Center 27:40

Resources at the Center 28:00

Publications and films discussed in this episode


Bishop, John and Korom, Frank J. Hosay Trinidad . Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources, 1999.

Music used with kind permission of the performer, shamisen master Koji Yamaguchi.

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