Mississippi – Yangtze Sister Rivers (Wang Ping, Kinship of Rivers)

Wang Ping

Kinship of Rivers is an international project engaging art, poetry, stories, music, dance and food to connect people and communities along the Mississippi and Yangtze Rivers. Founded in 2011 by Wang Ping, we caught up with her on December 26, 2012, via Skype to discuss the project, how it was inspired, in part, by Allen Ginsberg, her experience in taking students paddling on the Mississippi River and how she believes rivers deserve human rights. Part 1 (11:40)

In part two of our interview with Wang Ping, she elaborated on her affinity for indigenous peoples because of the reverence they have for the natural world, coordinating tobacco ceremonies with indigenous students at the Mississippi River, the process of making the river flags, paddling at several of the Mississippi’s confluences with other major rivers, visiting New Orleans and seeing the wake of the BP oil spill. Part 2 (12:00)

In part three of our interview, Wang Ping discussed how she got the idea of creating river flags, based on Tibetan prayer flags, her experience of the Yagntze River growing up in Shanghai, her feelings about the different cultures in the Upper Mississippi and Lower Mississippi River Valley areas, her feelings about some U.S. political rhetoric about China, an experience she had at the huge Three Gorges Dam project in China and the power of water. Part 3 (22:00)

A pdf with information on the project.

About Splabman

SPLAB and Cascadia Poetry Festival founder Paul E Nelson wrote American Sentences (Apprentice House, 2015), Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, Germany, 2008), a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme, Brazil, 2013). Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, in 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, Brenda Hillman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others, including many Cascadia poets. He lives in Seattle and writes at least one American Sentence every day. https://www.paulenelson.com. Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia, he is in year five of a twenty year Cascadia Bioregional Cultural Investigation. www.CascadiaPoetryFestival.org (Oct 12-15, 2017, Tacoma, WA)
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