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Storytelling is a tradition with deep roots. Learn more about it here.
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Ancient Chinese Customs

Begin in the present. Watch the segment, "Ancient Chinese Customs" from The History Channel's documentary, Chinatown: Strangers in a Strange Land.  You will quickly discover the role of storytelling in Chinese heritage.

The Story of Chinese Story Telling

Image from: "20th Century Chinese Storytelling Floor Screen." Humboldt State University Library. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2014. <>.


Read about the roots of Chinese storytelling can by clicking through the webpages (1-14) on the left-hand side when you land on the link below.


Oral Literature in China

The text below, from Google Books is at a higher reading level than may be comfortable for you.  Try and read it and see if you can learn a little bit about Chinese storytelling traditions.


History of Storytelling From The Basics of Storytelling by Dr. Michael Lockett (2007)


Shandong Kuaishu: A Fast Tale

Chinese Tales

"Sun Wukong (the magical monkey and main character) from the traditional Chinese tale, "Journey to the West"" Image and text from:


The Empty Pot

Chinese Shadow Play

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Click the image above to learn a little bit about Chinese shadow play.  Then, Click through the links below to read more about this 2000+ year tradition. Wow!

Storytelling Art

Image from: Hunan: Chinese storytelling art at a festival. Photograph. Britannica Online for Kids. Web. 15 Oct. 2014.  <>.


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