'Dangerous Dancing': Malaysian Dance Battles against Ban

Julia Mayer

It’s been described by UNESCO as a ‘masterpiece of humanity,’ yet the Malay dance-drama style Mak Yong is still banned in Kelantan, its place of origin. Julia Mayer looks at whether international attention can change repressive local laws.


Locals are Leaving One of China’s Latest Heritage Sites, Why?

Zhang Jizhou

Despite UNESCO recognition, swarms of tourists are driving out residents of Gulangyu, arguably China’s most picturesque island.


Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection in China

Helen Rees

At the turn of the 21st century, UNESCO launched a prestigious initiative "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity."Suddenly, China was visibly on board.


The Man Restoring Eastern China’s Iconic Circular Homes

Fan Yiying

In the face of government inaction, one individual is empowering locals to return their ‘tulou’ homes to former glory.


Japan Seeking Nature Heritage Status for Islands

The Japan Times

The Japanese government recently submitted a proposal to UNESCO for two islands in Kagoshima Prefecture.


Why UNESCO Should Turn its Nose Up at Chinese Food

Zhou Hongcheng

Attempts to list big-selling cuisine as intangible cultural heritage risk killing off culinary diversity.


Japan Witholding Millions in UNESCO Contributions

The Japan Times

If Japan is unhappy with the way UNESCO is run, it should present rational proposals to improve the operation from within instead of by resorting to financial pressures.


OPINION: Timbuktu and the Historic Ruling to Protect Culture

The Japan Times

A country stripped of its history during war is rendered an orphan.


Government Taking Measures to Preserve Critically Endangered Aboriginal Languages


There has been severe loss of aboriginal (indigenous) languages in the process of Taiwan’s social transition. According to an UNESCO report, there are five indigenous languages listed as critically endangered, nine as vulnerable and 16 at the brink of extinction.

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Japan Displeased with Inclusion of the Nanjing Massacre in the Memory of the World by UNESCO

Sid Weng

During Chinese State Councilor Yang Jie-chi’s visit to Japan, UNESCO decided to include the 1937 Nanjing Massacre documents in the Memory of the World. Tokyo remains suspicious about the credibility of these documents and protests against the decision. Japan is also considering suspending its funding for UNESCO.

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