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Routledge Research on Museums and Heritage in Asia


About the Series

This new and thought-provoking series provides researchers, students, policymakers and practitioners with the latest thinking on museums and heritage across Asia and the Asian diaspora. The mission of this series is:

(1) To nurture and promote cutting-edge research that captures and critically examines the most recent developments in museum and heritage discourse and practice in Asian countries and the Asian diaspora, and that analyses existing practices in this area from new theoretical perspectives;

(2) To provide a platform for voices from Asia and from those working on Asian heritage and museum practice beyond the region. It will be suitable for an international audience and will promote dialogue amongst Asian and international scholars;

(3) To promote theoretically informed, interdisciplinary, and critical research on heritage in Asia. Books in the series will also take a transnational perspective, reaching beyond the framework of the nation-state to attend to border crossing, transnational migration and diaspora issues as they affect museum and heritage practice.

The series is interested in, but not limited to, issues of postcolonialism, decolonisation, mobility, cultural encounters, Asian global cities, and digital technology that underpins the rapid transformation of Asia today and shapes its future. The series will fill a gap in existing museum and heritage scholarship by focusing on voices and perspectives beyond the Western experience. With contributions from international experts, titles in the series will be relevant to those working across a wide range of disciplines, including museum and heritage studies, sociology and politics, anthropology, urban studies, Asian studies, tourism studies and migration studies.

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Heritage and Religion in East Asia

Heritage and Religion in East Asia

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Shu-Li Wang, Michael Rowlands, Yujie Zhu
December 30, 2020

Heritage and Religion in East Asia examines how religious heritage, in a mobile way, plays across national boundaries in East Asia and, in doing so, the book provides new theoretical insights into the articulation of heritage and religion. Drawing on primary, comparative research carried out in ...

Museum Representations of Chinese Diasporas Migration Histories and the Cultural Heritage of the Homeland

Museum Representations of Chinese Diasporas: Migration Histories and the Cultural Heritage of the Homeland

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Cangbai Wang
December 11, 2020

Museum Representations of Chinese Diasporas is the first book to analyse the recent upsurge in museums on Chinese diasporas in China. Examining heritage-making beyond the nation-state, the book provides a much-needed, critical examination of China’s engagement with its diasporic communities. ...

Sacred Heritage in Japan

Sacred Heritage in Japan

1st Edition

Aike P. Rots, Mark Teeuwen
April 16, 2020

Sacred Heritage in Japan is the first volume to explicitly address the topics of Japanese religion and heritage preservation in connection with each other. The book examines what happens when places of worship and ritual practices are rebranded as national culture. It also considers the impact of...

Chinese Heritage Sites and their Audiences The Power of the Past

Chinese Heritage Sites and their Audiences: The Power of the Past

1st Edition

Rouran Zhang
March 24, 2020

Chinese Heritage Sites and their Audiences provides a Chinese perspective on tourists’ relationship to heritage. Contributing to ongoing debates within heritage and tourism studies, the book offers insights into how and why visitors engage with such sites. Drawing on interviews with domestic ...

A Representation of Nationhood in the Museum

A Representation of Nationhood in the Museum

1st Edition

Sang-hoon Jang
January 28, 2020

A Representation of Nationhood in the Museum examines how the National Museum of Korea, as a national repository of material culture and the state’s premier exhibition facility, has shaped and been shaped by Korean nationalism. Exploring the processes by which the museum has discovered and ...

Heritage Politics in China The Power of the Past

Heritage Politics in China: The Power of the Past

1st Edition

Yujie Zhu, Christina Maags
January 21, 2020

Heritage Politics in China: The Power of the Past studies the impact of heritage policies and discourses on the Chinese state and Chinese society. It sheds light on the way Chinese heritage policies have transformed the narratives and cultural practices of the past to serve the interests of the ...

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