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World Heritage Craze in China: Universal Discourse, National Culture, and Local Memory by Haiming Yan (review)

World Heritage Craze in China: Universal Discourse, National Culture, and Local Memory by Haiming... BOOK REVIEWS World Heritage Craze in China: Universal Discourse, National Culture, and Local Memory. Haiming Yan. New York: Berghahn Books, 2018. 242 pp., 20 illustrations, bibliography, index. Hardback US $120.00, ISBN 978-1-78533-804-5; eBook US $35, eISBN 978-1-78533-805-2. Reviewed by Magnus FISKESJÖ, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University This aptly titled book takes on the Chinese interests which trump the original idea about obsession with World Heritage (capitals the world and humanity as a whole. required!). It is an obsession rooted in a Chinese national officialdom persistently worldview that is not pluralistic, but rather promotes an almost revanchist “Olympic” like the spirit of a competitive Olympic game conception of China’s place in the world. To in which there can be only one gold medal be an equal neighbor is not enough, China winner. The Chinese pursuit of this gold ought to be first among equals. In Yan’s medal is a riveting and sometimes disturbing formulation, this “nationalistic sensation” story, well presented by the author, Haiming drives officials and other would-be patriots to Yan, in a book nicely produced by the fight in the World Heritage arena, secure win publisher. This book brings a wealth of after win, listing after listing. Yan http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Perspectives University of Hawai'I Press

World Heritage Craze in China: Universal Discourse, National Culture, and Local Memory by Haiming Yan (review)

Asian Perspectives , Volume 58 (2) – Oct 22, 2019

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BOOK REVIEWS World Heritage Craze in China: Universal Discourse, National Culture, and Local Memory. Haiming Yan. New York: Berghahn Books, 2018. 242 pp., 20 illustrations, bibliography, index. Hardback US $120.00, ISBN 978-1-78533-804-5; eBook US $35, eISBN 978-1-78533-805-2. Reviewed by Magnus FISKESJÖ, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University This aptly titled book takes on the Chinese interests which trump the original idea about obsession with World Heritage (capitals the world and humanity as a whole. required!). It is an obsession rooted in a Chinese national officialdom persistently worldview that is not pluralistic, but rather promotes an almost revanchist “Olympic” like the spirit of a competitive Olympic game conception of China’s place in the world. To in which there can be only one gold medal be an equal neighbor is not enough, China winner. The Chinese pursuit of this gold ought to be first among equals. In Yan’s medal is a riveting and sometimes disturbing formulation, this “nationalistic sensation” story, well presented by the author, Haiming drives officials and other would-be patriots to Yan, in a book nicely produced by the fight in the World Heritage arena, secure win publisher. This book brings a wealth of after win, listing after listing. Yan

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Asian PerspectivesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 22, 2019

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