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Guest editorial This theme section of AEDS seeks to examine the challenging and promising Asian experiences centered on China and Vietnam, comparing such recombinations between the two (late- or post-)#socialist countries with special focus on recasting community festivals and cultural governance in the past few decades of reforms. It brings together seven articles about the re-emergence and revitalization of community festivals in China and Vietnam, in different localities, at different scales, and often involving ethnic minority groups or transnational bonds. These seven articles, which we introduce in more detail below, deal with a wide variety of different localities in China, Vietnam and beyond; with a variety of ethnic groups, some of which have transnational connections; with a wide variety of religious and cultural practices at difference scales; and with different historical trajectories and modes of institutionalization. All articles describe the increasingly important roles that states – at various levels – and markets play in the organization of these religious and cultural events as festivals. And all festivals covered in the articles appear to be increasingly subjected to a heritage regime (cf. Geismar, 2015) that finds its mode of validation and standardization in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) regime (Smith and Akagawa, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Education and Development Studies Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2046-3162
DOI
10.1108/AEDS-10-2020-194
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Abstract

This theme section of AEDS seeks to examine the challenging and promising Asian experiences centered on China and Vietnam, comparing such recombinations between the two (late- or post-)#socialist countries with special focus on recasting community festivals and cultural governance in the past few decades of reforms. It brings together seven articles about the re-emergence and revitalization of community festivals in China and Vietnam, in different localities, at different scales, and often involving ethnic minority groups or transnational bonds. These seven articles, which we introduce in more detail below, deal with a wide variety of different localities in China, Vietnam and beyond; with a variety of ethnic groups, some of which have transnational connections; with a wide variety of religious and cultural practices at difference scales; and with different historical trajectories and modes of institutionalization. All articles describe the increasingly important roles that states – at various levels – and markets play in the organization of these religious and cultural events as festivals. And all festivals covered in the articles appear to be increasingly subjected to a heritage regime (cf. Geismar, 2015) that finds its mode of validation and standardization in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) regime (Smith and Akagawa,

Journal

Asian Education and Development StudiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 6, 2020

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