Hand carved Japanese wooden art bowl. Photo credit to ancientpoint.com
We are constantly being surrounded and pushed to keep moving forward and to look less on the past. For many people, trying to keep a remembrance of our history is most commonly through traditions that have been passed from generation to generation. However, many of once common traditions change through time or disappear entirely. In a constantly changing cultural environment, keeping a unique tradition alive is almost impossible. Many are trying to keep what they have that makes their and individual culture, unlike any other.
China's Uighur, representing less than 12% of the capital of China, has struggled for a long time to be assimilated with the Han majority. According to The Atlantic, the Uighur have begun to feel like outsiders to their own home. However, this has not stopped them from trying to keep their heritage alive through a very modern output. Through hip-pop, the Uighur culture is able to apply their own language to their lyrics to express their feelings and at the same time, keep their small culture alive.
While music has allowed the Uighur to express their ideas and keep their language among their people in a modern way, another unexpected positive has also sprouted from this creative phenomenon. Besides gathering the more expected Uighur fans, this new form of hip-hop has gathered many Han Chinese fans. With this new turn of events, many can expect the Uighur to spread even farther to parts of the globe. While this comes to play a part in one part of the world, on another part of the globe another tradition is being spread with a combination of past and present.
Japanese wood art has played a large role in Japanese art and media for over hundreds of years. Some of us may remember these as fearsome artistic masterpieces in our history books. However, lately on Pinterest someone has been making and posting these famous artistic images in new way. Through video games we all know and love, such as Mario, Samus, Kirby, and Donkey Kong, these famous characters have been drawn into these old wood art forms. Although the artist remains unknown, their creative expression of this old art form does not go unnoticed. While keeping its authentic style, seeing the familiar faces of video games would cause anyone to take a second glance.
Both the Uighur and the Japanese wood art display present a modern representation of history, and hopefully more are to come in the future. Here in the United States where it is a combination of unique cultures, many people may find themselves feeling that it is hard to represent their cultural past. Despite this, countless people manage to keep their traditions alive through any means necessary. It just goes to show the future potential we can all expect to see in these works of art.