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Title: Building homeland heritage: multiple homes among the Chinese diaspora and the politics on heritage management in China
Authors: Chan, HL
Cheng, C
Keywords: China
Community participation
Diaspora
Heritage management
Multiple homes
Politics
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Source: International journal of heritage studies, 2015 How to cite?
Journal: International Journal of Heritage Studies 
Abstract: Community involvement is arguably a key component behind sustainable heritage management. Under strict government control, however, local community-led initiatives are difficult to find in China. Nonetheless, through remittances and philanthropic contributions to their respective communities, the Chinese diaspora have long been seen as an important source of foreign capital and a driving force behind homeland development. A transregional study (mainland China, Hong Kong and Canada) was carried out to explore the relationship between local communities in China and the diaspora, how each party was involved (or not) and the factors that affect their engagement in a government-initiated clanship heritage project in post-reform China. Investigating how different ‘associated people’ perceive, construct and even manipulate heritage, this study found that participation is not only related to wealth, success or status, but also to residential orientations, self-perceptions of the motherland and notions of authentic and/or symbolic roots. The study offers insight into the nature and politics of heritage management in contemporary China. Furthermore, it contributes to our understanding of how multiple homes can affect diasporic interpretations of, and connections with, the homeland.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/30086
ISSN: 1352-7258
DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2015.1068211
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