Heritage, Local Communities and the Safeguarding of ‘Spirit of Place’ in Taiwan

Davis, Peter S., Huang, Han-yin and Liu, Wan-chen (2008) Heritage, Local Communities and the Safeguarding of ‘Spirit of Place’ in Taiwan. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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After brief reviews of the theoretical issues relating to place and ecomuseological processes this paper traces the changing relationships between people and place in Taiwan. Recent research carried out by the authors with local communities on Matsu (a group of Taiwanese islands off the coast of mainland China), and case study material collected from local cultural workshops in southern Taiwan provides a focus for the discussion. Both sets of data demonstrate the growing awareness of heritage by local communities in Taiwan, and their recognition that heritage is significant because it reflects and builds local identities, can aid community sustainability and provides a sense of place. It is suggested that the research and processes described here indicate that the heritage sector in Taiwan would benefit by becoming more community-centred, with consultation, involvement and democratisation playing a significant part of the process of safeguarding natural resources, the cultural environment and intangible cultural heritage.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Davis, Peter S.
Huang, Han-yin
Liu, Wan-chen
Languages: English
Keywords: local communities; community participation; public awareness; intangible heritage; spirit of place; ecomuseum
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Matsu, Taiwan
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2010 10:52
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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