Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-5/W7, 539-542, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-5-W7-539-2015
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11 Sep 2015
Culture heritage and identity – some cases in Taiwan on the protection of cultural heritage
R. W.-C. Wang Dept. of Architecture, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan
Keywords: Cultural heritage, identity, Taiwan Abstract. The protection of cultural heritage relates to an issue of identity. How a nation or a state tries to face to its history is often revealed on the protection of cultural heritage. Taiwan is as a country with complex history, especially the period after World War II. This article will work on some significant cases, regarded as ideological representation of identity.

This article works on the cultural identity by observing and analyzing different cases of classified Historic Monuments. In different political periods, we see how the government tries to fabricate on the identity issue by working on Historic Monuments preservation. During the presidency of Chiang Kai-shek and his son Chiang Ching-kuo, the classification of Historic Monuments tried to focus on those make by former Chinese migrants. They tried hard to establish and reaffirm the ever existing “fact” of people in Taiwan. Whereas after the late 1980s and 1990s, after Chiang’s reign, local conscience has been awaken. Political ambience turned to a new era. This freedom of speech of post-Chiang’s reign encourages people to seek on their identity. The complex political situation of Taiwan makes this seeking cultural identity related to the seeking of independence of Taiwan. The respect to the aboriginal people also reoriented to include the preservation of their tribes and villages.

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Citation: Wang, R. W.-C.: Culture heritage and identity – some cases in Taiwan on the protection of cultural heritage, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-5/W7, 539-542, https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-5-W7-539-2015, 2015.

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