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2017/10/13 | Julia Mayer
'Dangerous Dancing': Malaysian Dance Battles against Ban
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.
2017/08/12 | Zhang Jizhou
Locals are Leaving One of China’s Latest Heritage Sites, Why?
Despite UNESCO recognition, swarms of tourists are driving out residents of Gulangyu, arguably China’s most picturesque island.
2017/08/05 | Helen Rees
Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection in China
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.
2017/02/23 | Fan Yiying
The Man Restoring Eastern China’s Iconic Circular Homes
In the face of government inaction, one individual is empowering locals to return their ‘tulou’ homes to former glory.
2017/02/06 | The Japan Times
Japan Seeking Nature Heritage Status for Islands
The Japanese government recently submitted a proposal to UNESCO for two islands in Kagoshima Prefecture.
2017/01/17 | Zhou Hongcheng
Why UNESCO Should Turn its Nose Up at Chinese Food
Attempts to list big-selling cuisine as intangible cultural heritage risk killing off culinary diversity.
2016/10/28 | The Japan Times
Japan Witholding Millions in UNESCO Contributions
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.
2016/10/13 | The Japan Times
OPINION: Timbuktu and the Historic Ruling to Protect Culture
A country stripped of its history during war is rendered an orphan.
2015/11/26 | Kenzo
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.
2015/10/15 | Sid Weng
Japan Displeased with Inclusion of the Nanjing Massacre in the Memory of the World by UNESCO
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.