Cultural Heritage Politics in China: An Introduction

Helaine Silverman, Tami Blumenfield

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This introductory chapter explores how cultural heritage, in the guise of tourism, museums, ethnic identity, and historical spaces, has become key to the Chinese state’s developmental and global strategy. With an eye toward asserting cultural power globally, the UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription is highly sought. Nonetheless, contradictions and complications in designating, protecting, and sometimes destroying heritage abound, revealing frictions arising from deploying heritage as a revenue source when agreement about value is not universal. The chapter provides a backdrop to polyvocal accounts of defining, listing, preserving, and narrating heritage in China presented by contributors to this volume.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCultural Heritage Politics in China
EditorsTami Blumenfield, Helaine Silverman
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4614-6874-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4614-6873-8
StatePublished - May 14 2013


  • cultural heritage
  • world heritage
  • Chinese state
  • UNESCO World Heritage
  • cultural tourism

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