German vlogger amazed by Chinese ethnic cultures – Xinhua
An undated file photo shows Robert Adolf (right) learning batik-making techniques from a local technician in Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China’s Guizhou Province . (Xinhua)
GUIYANG, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) — In front of the camera, 25-year-old German Robert Adolf learns Shui people’s horsetail embroidery techniques by sewing horsehair onto a shoe in southern Sandu Shui Autonomous County. -western China. Guizhou province.
Adolf, fascinated by Chinese culture after watching the Disney animation “Mulan” as a child, is now immersed in recording the cultures of China’s ethnic minorities by making documentaries.
Originally from Munich, Germany, Adolf came to China after graduating from university in 2017 and now works as a translator in eastern China’s Jiangsu province. In his spare time, he prefers to visit ethnic areas and learn about local cultures.
He visited many places across the country during his four-year stay. He enjoys sharing videos of local customs and amazing landscapes and has attracted more than 2 million followers on short video platforms including Douyin and Kuaishou.
Intrigued by China’s rich and diverse ethnic cultures, Adolf decided last September to record the country’s ethnic minorities with his three vlogger friends on their tours. Their first stop was Guizhou, inhabited by 17 ethnic groups.
“In some ethnic areas of Guizhou, even two neighboring villages have different costumes, dialects and celebrations, which is amazing,” the young man said.
It experiences the life of the inhabitants and records more details while living in their residences. So far, he has visited people from seven ethnic groups, including Miao, Dong and Shui.
Adolf said that despite the differences in cultures and customs, the people he met were warm and hospitable. When they were shooting videos in the villages, many villagers would invite them to their homes for a meal.
While filming the horsetail embroidery, Adolf met 58-year-old Wang Minzhi, who posts short videos on Douyin and sells local delicacies via live streaming.
“In her 50s, she still maintains a youthful spirit and a passion for life, which moved me very much,” Adolf said of Wang.
The rich and diverse ethnic cultures bring her passion and motivation to record. “I don’t have a fixed filming plan, but I will never stop until I meet the 55 ethnic minorities,” he said. ■