Heritage in the middle of political conflict: a discourse analysis of mixed reactions in response to the nomination of sites of Japan’s Meiji industrial revolution

Yang, Kae-Cherng (2018) Heritage in the middle of political conflict: a discourse analysis of mixed reactions in response to the nomination of sites of Japan’s Meiji industrial revolution. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining were accepted at the 39th UNESCO World Heritage session. Nevertheless this decision triggers intensive debates about using Chinese and Korean forced labour during Second World War and enthusiastic patriotism in China as well as Korea. This world heritage in Japan initiated by the Japanese central government implicates a national narrative about Japan which initiates the negative past memory in the other neighbour countries occupied and attacked by Japanese military during the Second World War. In this study firstly I want to analyze the conflictual discourse about the nomination of Meiji Industrial Revolution as world heritage in countries China, Korea and Taiwan occupied or colonized by Japan before 1945. Secondly I want to study the reason why the people in China and Korea have vehement opposition to this nomination. Finally I want to discuss the role of world heritage in the situation of contradictory memory to the past and how the heritage could be an initiative to the building of reconciliation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Yang, Kae-Cherng
Languages: English
Keywords: disasters; conflicts; cultural identity; reconciliation; Industrial revolution; World Heritage sites; Japan; forced labour; Second World War; debates; China; Korea; memory; coal mining; colonisation; Taiwan; presentation; nominations; medias; values; criteria; justification
Subjects: E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 04. Asia and Pacific islands
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining, Japan
UNESCO WHC Number: 1484
National Committee: ICOMOS International
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 19th General Assembly, New Delhi, 2017
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2018 13:05
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2023 10:45
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URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/1988

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