Part 1: Entire Course

Course Description
Developed jointly by faculty of CUHK and Brown University, this course provides an opportunity for students to compare cultural heritage preservation strategies in two very different areas.

In Hong Kong, students will explore historical development of Hong Kong as exemplified by, for example, cultural heritage, the conflict and negotiation of economic and political interests in urban renewal and heritage conservation and preservation. In Providence, students will explore the history and present-day philosophy and politics of preserving sites and stories from Colonial times to the present, exploring avenues including historical archaeology, historic preservation, museum exhibition, memorials, and oral history.

Learning outcomes:
At the end of the course, students shall have been introduced to cross-cultural, inter-disciplinary, and critical approaches to:

The historic background and heritage between the two cities
The significance of their heritage properties
The economic, social and political contexts of heritage conservation in the two cities

Learning activities:
The course will meet two to three days a week, all day. Students will spend 4 weeks in Hong Kong, at CUHK, and 4 weeks on the Brown University campus in Providence, Rhode Island.

At each site there will be approximately 45 contact hours of instruction, including lectures and group discussions, trips to local institutions and field work. In Hong Kong, students will visit museums and field-sites in urban and rural areas. In Rhode Island, students will work at the Greene Farm Archaeology Project; undertake oral history interviews in the diverse Fox Point neighborhood of Providence; and explore such local resources as the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, and Plymouth Plantation.

Part 2: Hong Kong
8- 30 June, 2011 (a total of 8 sessions)

Lecture topics/sessions (exact order to be confirmed)

Lecture topics/sessions (exact order to be confirmed)
Tracey Lu (2 sessions)
I. 9:30-12:30: Lecture - Introduction to heritage conservation in Hong Kong
2:00-3:00: Tutorial
II. Whole day (6-8 hours)
Field visits to Central and Wanchai of the Hong Kong Island, talking to local community and NGO
concerning heritage preservation in Hong Kong, and discussing the political and economic agenda of heritage conservation.
Sidney Cheung (2 sessions)
I. 9:30-12:30: Lecture - The historical backgrounds of the Tang clan in the New Territories and
current socio- political issues regarding indigenous rights and heritage ownership
Afternoon: Fieldtrip to Ping Shan Heritage Trail in Yuen Long, New Territories
II. 9:30-12:30: Lecture - The history of coastal resource development in the Inner Deep Bay,
traditional freshwater fish farming system, relationships between agricultural heritage and wetland conservation in the New Territories, and ecotourism development in Hong Kong
Afternoon: Fieldtrip to Tai Shan Wai in Yuen Long, New Territories
Jenny F. So (2 sessions)
I. 9:30-12:30: Lecture - Collecting Chinese art in Hong Kong: The Role of Public and Private
Afternoon: Fieldtrip to Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Sha Tin (collections of popular culture in
Hong Kong)
II. Whole day (6-8 hours) - Field visits to Hong Kong History Museum (exhibits on Hong Kong
history) and Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware (gifts from a single private collector housed in a historical building inside Hong Kong Park)
Oscar Ho (2 sessions)
I. 9:30-12:30: Lecture - Concept, history, critical issues and impacts of community cultural
actions as instrument for cultural preservation
2:00-4:00: Case studies and tutorial
Star Ferry and NTK Open Rice
II. Whole day (6-8 hours) - Field visit to Sham Shiu Po and meeting with members of SOCO in the morning, and visit to Shek Kip Mei and discussion with community cultural action group CCCD in the afternoon.

Required readings

Week 1

Government of HKSAR 1976 Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance. Hong Kong: Government Press.

Lu, Tracey L-D. 2009. "Heritage Preservation in Post-Colonial Hong Kong." International Journal of Heritage Studies, 15 (2-3): 258-272.

Lu, Tracey L-D. 2003. "The Management of Cultural Heritage in Hong Kong." The Chinese

University of Hong Kong Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies Occasional Paper No.
137. Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Australian ICOMOS. 1999. The Burra Charter.
Graham, B., G. J. Ashworth and J. E. Tunbridge. 2005. "The Uses and Abuses of Heritage." In Heritage,
Museums and Galleries, G. Corsane ed., pp. 26-37. London and New York: Routledge.

Week 2

Cheung, Sidney 2011 "The Politics of Wetlandscape: Fishery Heritage and Natural
Conservation in Hong Kong". International Journal of Heritage Studies, vol.17, no.1,

Cheung, Sidney. 1999. "The Meanings of a Heritage Trail in Hong Kong." Annals of Tourism Research,
26 (3): 570-588.

Cheung, Sidney 2000. "Martyrs, Mystery and Memory Behind a Communal Hall." Traditional
Dwellings and Settlements Review
, 11 (2): 29-39.

Cheung, Sidney 2001. "Land Use and Fung-shui: Negotiation in the New Territories, Hong Kong."
Cultural Survival Quarterly, 25 (2): 70-71.

Cheung, Sidney 2003. "Remembering through Space: The Politics of Heritage in Hong Kong."
International Journal of Heritage Studies, 9 (1): 7-26.

Cheung, Sidney 2004. "Keeping the Wetland Wet: How to Integrate Natural and Cultural Heritage
Preservation." MUSEUM International, 56 (3): 29-37.

Cheung, Sidney 2007. "Fish in the Marsh: A Case Study of Freshwater Fish Farming in Hong Kong." In
Food and Foodways in Asia: Resource, Tradition, and Cooking, edited by S.C.H. Cheung and C.B. Tan,
pp. 37-50. London and New York: Routledge.

Cheung, Sidney 2008. "Wetland Tourism in Hong Kong: From Birdwatcher to Mass Ecotourist." In
Asian Tourism: Growth and Change, edited by J. Cochrane, 259-267. London: Elsevier Science.

Leung, M.W.H. and D. Soyez. 2009. "Industrial Heritage: Valorising the Spatial-Temporal Dynamics
of Another Hong Kong Story." International Journal of Heritage Studies 15: 57-75.


Week 3

So, Jenny F. 2000. "Cultural Property: Owner's Rights and Obligations." Hong Kong Visual Arts
Yearbook 2000
. Harold K. Mok and Y.K. Chan eds. (Hong Kong: Arts Development Council and Fine
Arts Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2002), pp. 10-15.

White, Shelby. 2005. "Building American Museums: The Role of the Private Collector." In Who Owns
the Past? Cultural Policy, Cultural Property, and the Law
, Kate Fitz Gibbon ed., pp. 165-178. New Brunswick, N.J. & London: Rutgers University Press, 2005.

American Council for Cultural Policy Editorial Board. "Conclusion: Museums at the Centre of Public Policy." In Who Owns the Past?, Kate Fitz Gibbon, ed., pp. 319-26.

MAG report on "M+"

Week 4
Borrup, Tom. 2009. "The Creative Community Builder's Handbook." In The Role of
Culture in Community Building, pp. 3-15. Saint Paul, Minnesota, Fieldstone Alliance.
Ma, Shan ed. 2008. "West Kowloon: Where Life, Heritage and Culture Meet." In Flying Packaging, pp.
14-55. Hong Kong: Society for Community Organization.
Recommended reading list/references
Anderson, Eugene N. 1972. "Chinese Methods of Dealing with Crowding." Urban Anthropology 1:141-50.

Brim, John A. 1974. "Village Alliance Temples in Hong Kong." In Religion and Ritual in Chinese Society, Arthur P. Wolf ed., pp. 93-103. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Constable, Nicole. 1997. Maid to Order in Hong Kong: Stories of Filipina Workers. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Cooper, Eugene. 1980. The Wood-Carvers of Hong Kong: Craft Production in the World Capitalist Periphery. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Guldin, Gregory E. 1989. "Intra-Urban Migration and the Hidden Ethnic Neighborhood (Fujianese Chinese)." Ethnic Groups, 7 (4): 345-59.

Lau, Siu-kai, and Kuan Hsin-chi. 1988. The Ethos of the Hong Kong Chinese. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.

Ong, Aihwa. 1996. Cultural Citizenship as Subject-Making: Immigrants Negotiate Racial and Cultural Boundaries in the United States. Current Anthropology 37(5): 737-762.

Palmer, Michael J.E. 1987. "The Surface-Subsoil Form of Divided Ownership in Late Imperial China:
Some Examples from the New Territories of Hong Kong." Modern Asian Studies 21(1):1-119.

Potter, Jack M. 1968. Capitalism and the Chinese Peasant: Social and Economic Change in a Hong Kong Village. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Scott, Janet. 1986. Administrative Reform and Local-level Leadership in Hong Kong: The District
Boards. Special Issue on Anthropological Studies of China, New Asia Academic Bulletin 6: 23-56.
Smart, Alan. 1992. Making Room: Squatter Clearance in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong, Centre of Asian Studies.

Smart, Josephine. 1989. The Political Economy of Street Hawkers in Hong Kong. Centre of Asian Studies Occasional Papers and Monographs, no. 81. Hong Kong: Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong.

Ward, Barbara E. [1985] 1989. Through Other Eyes: An Anthropologist's View of Hong Kong. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.

Watson, James L. 1975. Emigration and the Chinese Lineage: The Mans in Hong Kong and London. Berkely: University of California Press.

Wong, Siu-lun. 1988. Emigrant Entrepreneurs: Shanghai Industrialists in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Oxford University Press.

Part 3: Providence

Brown University
July 11 - August 6, 2010

This 4-week course, developed to run sequentially and in tandem with a parallel offering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, provides an opportunity to explore cultural heritage preservation in two very different areas.

Students enrolled in this course will, while in Rhode Island, work at the Greene Farm Archaeology Project (Warwick, Rhode Island); work with oral history interviews in the diverse Fox Point neighborhood of Providence; and explore such local resources as the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, and Plimoth Plantation.

Course Requirements

Class Participation:
Students are expected to attend all sessions of the class, to do all assigned readings by their assigned date, and to participate actively in discussions and debates. Students may be asked to undertake small projects or presentations from class session to class session as well.

Writing Assignments and Digital Media:
Students will be asked, on a weekly basis, to write essays or create digital projects (ca. 5-7 pages or equivalent) drawn from, and developing, each week's general theme. Specific topics will be developed over the course of the week, with the assignment to be posted to the class wiki by the following Tuesday morning. All students will have access to these postings, and discussion of each other's work and thoughts (both in and out of class time) will be encouraged.

An additional writing assignment will be an ongoing blog (posted to the class wiki) providing students with a forum in which to identify and ponder common thread, and distinct differences, in the treatment of cultural heritage in Hong Kong and in Providence. Again, these blogs will be accessible to the entire class, and will be a source for interaction and debate, in class and out.


Class Participation: 30%
Weekly Writing Assignments: 40%
Individual blogs: 30%

Course Schedule:

Course Readings

All readings to be done by the Monday class meeting

Week 1

*Kwame Anthony Appiah, "Whose Culture is it?" in the New York Review of Books, Vol. 53, No. 2, Feb.
9, 2006. OCRA
Mary C. Beaudry, 1995 Scratching the Surface: Seven Seasons at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm,
Newbury, Massachusetts. Northeast Historical Archaeology 24:19-49.
James Deetz, 1996 [1977] In Small Things Forgotten: and archaeology of early American life. Anchor:
New York.
*David Lowenthal, "Heritage Wars," OCRA
Anne Yentsch, 1988 Legends, houses, families, and myths: relationships between material culture
and American ideology. In M. Beaudry, ed. Documentary archaeology in the New World, CUP: Cambridge, 5-19.
Week 2
H. Arthur Bankoff and F. Winter. 2005 The Archaeology of Slavery at the Van Cortlandt Plantation in
the Bronx, New York. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 9(4): 291-318.
John J. Bodinger de UriarteI, "Imagining the Nation with House Odds: Representing American Indian
Identity at Mashantucket," Ethnohistory 50:3 (Summer 2003)
Shepherd, Nick. 2007 What does it mean 'To Give the Past Back to the People'? Archaeology and
Ethics in the Postcolony. In Y. Hamalakis and P. Duke, eds. Archaeology and Capitalism, From
Ethics to Politics. Left Coast Press; Walnut Creek, 99-114.
Slavery and Justice. 2006 Report of the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice,
Brown University. Read closely pgs. 7-31, skim remainder.
S.E. Snow, Performing the Pilgrims: A Study of Ethnohistorical Role-playing at Plimoth Plantation
(University of Mississippi Press, 1993) (selections)
Week 3
*Briann Greenfield, "Marketing the Past: Historic Preservation in Providence, RI," in Giving
Preservation a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States ed. Max Page
and Randall Mason. OCRA
*US Dept. of Commerce and President's Committee on Arts and Humanities, White Paper on Cultural
and Heritage Tourism. OCRA
Richard Kurin, "Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in the 2003 UNESCO Convention: A
Critical Appraisal," Museum, 56 (2004): 66-78. OCRA
Linda Shopes, "Oral History and the Study of Communities: Problems, Paradoxes, and Possibilities,"
Journal of American History, 89 (2002).
Alessandro Portelli, "What Makes Oral History Different," in The Death of Luigi Trastulli and Other
Stories: Form and Meaning in Oral History (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1991): 45-58. OCRA

Week 4
Alexander Freund, letter to the editor regarding Story Corps, Oral History Association Newsletter,
  Spring 2009. OCRA
Barbara Franco, "Doing History in Public: Balancing Historical Fact with Public Meaning,"
  Perspectives, 33 (May 1995): 5-8. OCRA
Michael Frisch, "Oral History and the Digital Revolution: Toward a Post-Documentary Sensibility,"
  in Robert Perks and Alistair Thomson, ed., The Oral History Reader, second edition (New
  York: Routledge, 2006): 102-114. OCRA.
Jack Kuo Wei Tchen, "Creating a Dialogic Museum: The Chinatown History Museum Experiment," in
  Ivan Karp, et. al., eds., Museums and Communities: The Politics of Public Culture (Washington,
  DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992): 285-326. OCRA

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