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The Heritage Corridor
A Transnational Approach to the Heritage of Chinese Migration

ISBN 9780367543150
Published October 15, 2021 by Routledge
142 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Heritage Corridor argues for a transnational approach to investigating and recording heritage places that emerge from histories of migration. Addressing the material legacy of migration, this book also relates it to issues of contemporary importance.

Presenting an image of the built environment of migration as one shaped by the ongoing flows of people, ideas, objects and money that circulate through migration corridors, Byrne proposes that houses and other structures built by migrants in their home villages in China over the period 1840–1940 should be seen as crystallisations of the labour, aspirations and longings enacted and experienced by their builders while overseas. Demonstrating that the material world of the migrant is distributed across transnational space, the book calls for an approach to the heritage of migration that is similarly expansive. It proposes and illustrates new methods and strategies for heritage practice.

The Heritage Corridor is a book for scholars and students in the fields of critical heritage studies, migration studies and Chinese diasporic mobilities. It is designed to be accessible to heritage practitioners, readers with an interest in the material worlds of migration, past and present, and to all those with an interest in the ‘archaeology’ of transnational migration.

Table of Contents

List of Figures; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Transborder lives and materialities; The distributed materiality of migration; Dream houses in Zhongshan; Venerable ancestors and seagoing gods; Diasporic modernity; Making heritage in the transnational landscape of migration; Index.

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Denis Byrne is Associate Professor at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. With a focus on Asia and Australia, he works across the fields of archaeology, critical heritage studies and the environmental humanities, currently with a particular interest in heritage-making by recent migrant and coastal reclamations as an Anthropocene legacy. His most recent book is Counterheritage: Critical Perspectives on Heritage Conservation in Asia.