Heritagising Asian Cities: Space, memory, and vernacular heritage practices

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Urban visions of modernity and nostalgia constitute two competing
visions of the good life in Asia, which are both materialised in urban
neighbourhoods. When and where old historic neighbourhoods are not
razed to be replaced by highrises, modern residential blocks and shopping
malls but instead retained, it is often under the banner of heritage.
This theme section considers heritagization of Asian cities against the
backdrop of modernisation and (sub)urbanisation, in articles focusing on
Kolkata, Beijing, Hanoi and Taipei. The articles explore local people’s
multiple experiences within lived environments in terms of modernity
and heritage, not so much by focusing on how different visions of modernity
and nostalgia are materialised through the label of heritage, but by
describing and analysing the modalities of such nostalgia among different
groups of people, as expressed and mediated in different forms and
practices. We propose to capture the diverse cognitive, memorial, affective,
emotional and imaginative aspects of heritage on the part of the
people living with that heritage in terms of vernacular heritage, which we
define as cultural heritage that is conceived, perceived, experienced,
imagined and practiced by different groups of ‘lay people’ with varying
connections to specific heritage sites, environments and practices.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
JournalInternational Journal of Heritage Studies
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)769-776
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021
Event8th International Asian Dynamics Initiative Conference -
Duration: 20 Jun 201623 Jun 2016


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