historical legacy

Showcasing the Pain of Nanjing – Mark Magnier

The Los Angeles Times profiles the museum honoring victims of the Nanking Massacre, which has been renovated in time for the 70th anniversary: With growing wealth and power comes a push to better showcase its pain and, by extension, to lay a stronger claim to history. The refurbished museum is leaps ahead of its predecessor, […]

500,000 Yuan Fine for Great Wall Destroyers – China.org

From China.org: Hongji Landbridge Investment Development Inc., a construction firm in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, was slapped with a 500,000 yuan (US$63,776) fine for deliberately damaging the Great Wall, according to the local cultural heritage protection bureau. The company began building a highway through a section of the Great Wall in Ulanqab City […]

New Law to Keep China’s Wall Looking Great – Peter Ford

From The Christian Science Monitor For the first time Friday, it will be a crime to damage China’s ancient Great Wall. For a national symbol so intimately linked to China’s international image, the Great Wall is in a pretty sorry state. Crudely rebuilt in places to resemble a Disneyland attraction but mostly left to crumble […]

A Forbidden Garden Restored – Zha Jianying

In Metropolis Magazine, writer Zha Jianying writes about the reconstruction of a garden in the Forbidden City and the challenges of protecting China’s cultural heritage: At a May ceremony inside the Forbidden City, Hong Kong real estate tycoon Ronnie Chan”whose China Heritage Fund (CHF) bankrolled the rebuilding of the Jianfugong Garden”profusely thanks the Chinese government […]

Frank Ching: China’s cultural soul being sacrificed on altar of growth

From the Japan Times: As the Chinese economy continues to power ahead, everyone in the country is pleased with the visible improvement in standards of living, but very few people are counting the cost in terms of the loss of China’s historical legacy, the growing sense of alienation and the loss of the cohesiveness that […]

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