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Heritage as Aid and Diplomacy in Asia

by Philippe Peycam

Drawing from eleven rich case studies in Asia, this book is the first to explore how heritage is used as aid and diplomacy by various agencies to produce knowledge, power, values and geopolitics in the global heritage regime. It represents an interdisciplinary endeavour to feature a diversity of situations where cultural heritage is invoked or promoted to serve interests or visions that supposedly transcend local or national paradigms. This collection of articles thus not only considers processes of “UNESCO-ization” of heritage (or their equivalents when conducted by other international or national actors) by exploring the diplomatic and developmentalist politics of heritage-making at play and its transformational impact on societies. It also describes how local and outside states often collude with international mechanisms to further their interests at the expense of local communities and of citizens’ rights. 

Heritage as Aid and Diplomacy in Asia explores the following questions: Under the current international heritage regime, what are the mechanisms of—and the manipulations that take place within—ideological, political and cultural transmissions? What is heritage diplomacy and how can we conceptualize it? How do the complicated history and colonial past of Asia constitute the current practices of heritage diplomacy and shape heritage discourse in Asia? How do international organizations, nation-states, NGOs, heritage brokers and experts contribute to the history of the global heritage discourse? How has the flow of global knowledge been transferred and transformed? And how does the global hierarchy of cultural values function?

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Preliminary pages
1. Heritage as Aid and Diplomacy in Asia: An Introduction
2. World Heritage and WikiLeaks: Territory, Trade and Temples on the Thai-Cambodian Border
3. Heritage Making – Aid For Whom? The Genealogy of Expert Reports in the Hands of Politics and Their Impact in the Case of Preah Vihear
4. The International Coordinating Committee for Angkor: A World Heritage Site as an Arena of Competition, Connivance and State(s) Legitimation
5. Legacies of Cultural Philanthropy in Asia
6. To Help or Make Chaos? An Ethnography of Dutch Expertise in Postcolonial Indonesia
7. Heritage Conservation as a Tool for Cultural Diplomacy: Implications for the Sino-Japanese Relationship
8. From Ideological Alliance to Identity Clash: The Historical Origin of the Sino-Korean Goguryeo Controversies
9. Nationalism, Politics and the Practice of Archaeology in Afghanistan: A Case Study of Bamiyan
10. Disappearing Voices: The Politics and Practice of Safeguarding Kunqu Opera in the People’s Republic of China
11. Neoliberalizing Heritage: International Agencies and the Local Dynamics of Heritage Conservation in Bali, Indonesia
12. Heritage Conservation as Trickle-Down Development
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  • Number of Pages : 347
  • Publisher : ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Weight : 450g
  • Product Code : 9789814881159
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

About Author

Philippe Peycam

Philippe Peycam is Director, International Institute for Asian Studies.