Back and Forth

A snapshot from Fujian

By / March 2013

A group of Shê women sings traditional songs in northern Fujian Province, China. During festivals and other special events, Shê men and women sing back and forth, antiphonally. The concerts are a popular form of entertainment in Fujian; they can also be a very public display of coquetry between performers.


Jeff Smith is a writer/photographer living in China. To submit a snapshot, send a picture, caption, and author’s note to