City University of Hong Kong Dep
Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics
Cultural Heritage and Conservation in China
Dr. Marianne P. Y. WONG
City University of Hong Kong
Date: 31 August 2009, Monday
Time: 5:45 - 6:45pm
Venue: B7603 (7/F, Blue Zone), Academic Building, CityU
According to the definition given by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO): "Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations." The Chinese Government has shown great enthusiasm in the past two decades in the protection of both natural and cultural heritage by implementing preservation rules and policies as well as carrying out various conservation projects. These are both a result of the authorities’ intention to invigorate the national spirit and a response to the increasing global interest in conservation. Dr Wong will include in her talk case studies of both material and intangible cultural heritage in China, with special emphasis on their cultural significances and existing condition, how they are conserved, restored or adapted to the modern world, the difficulties involved and achievements obtained.
Dr Marianne P. Y. WONG received her B.A. and M.Phil. (Chinese Art History) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, her first PhD (Chinese Art and Archaeology) from SOAS, University of London and second PhD (Chinese Archaeology and Museology) from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, P.R.C. Her first PhD study has encompassed research on the combinations of Four Cardinal Animals in tomb decoration, and the Han Cosmology as shown in tomb interior. Her second PhD, a synthetic archaeological study of Han tomb murals, was published by the Wenwu Press and rated “Best 60 Publications in Archaeology and Museology of Year 2008” by the China Cultural Heritage Press. Dr. WONG taught and did research work in the Fine Arts Department, Art Museum and School of Continuing Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, before joining the City University in 1999. She is currently a Chinese Civilisation Senior Course Tutor in the University, teaching courses in Cultural Heritage, Chinese Art, Archaeology and Museology, specifically on Chinese artistic and archaeological remains, their cultural tradition and significances, their role and challenges in the modern society.
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