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Valuing heritage in Macau: on contexts and processes of urban conservation

Kulturelles Erbe in Macau: zu Rahmenbedingungen und Prozessen städtischer Denkmalpflege
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Chung, Thomas

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Abstract This paper examines the evolving values of urban heritage in Macau in terms of the various conservation approaches and mechanisms employed, and the shifting emphases on heritage and development within the context of continuity and change in Macau. Accumulated over four centuries of cultural interchange, the richly layered Historic Centre of the former Portuguese-administered outpost attained World Heritage status in 2005. After situating the problem pertaining to the multifaceted nature of heritage valorisation, the city’s trajectory of urban conservation leading up to the 1999 retrocession will be traced, and germane issues concerning heritage management vis-à-vis effects of post-handover urban developments assessed. As the latest culmination of value imbalances and conflicts arising from urban change, the Guia Lighthouse controversy will be critically appraised to speculate on a timely re-evaluation of Macau’s heritage conservation process.

Der vorliegende Beitrag untersucht die sich wandelnde Haltung in Macau zum eigenen kulturellen Erbe, und zwar mit Blick auf die verschiedenen Konservierungsansätze und die dazu angewandten Methoden sowie auf die unterschiedliche Bedeutung von Kulturellem Erbe und Entwicklung im Kontext von Kontinutät und Wandel in der Stadt.
Keywords China; Macao; cultural heritage; monument protection; city preservation; urban development; cultural identity
Classification Sociology of Settlements and Housing, Urban Sociology; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Free Keywords Social Sciences; Cultural Heritage; Preservation of Historical Monuments; Socio-polical Change; Sozialwissenschaften; Kulturelles Erbe; Denkmalpflege; Soziopolitischer Wandel; Macau; Present
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 129-160
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 38 (2009) 1
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works