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Nanluoguxiang: Imagined Heritage and Changing Communities

Svensson, Marina LU (2016) Asian Dynamics Initiative Conference 2016
Abstract
This paper focuses on Nanluoguxiang (NLGX), a historic neighbourhood in Beijing, where the author lived for 2,5 years. The neighbourhood is one of 25 conservation areas in the city, and since 2008 a popular tourist attraction among both domestic and foreign tourists. The area has a long history and
many well preserved buildings, including two smaller museums. However, many aspects of the area’s rich history and old residents’ memories are ignored or largely invisible in the promotion and heritagization of the area. The visitor is confronted with an extreme commercial experience and a heritagescape that explores people’s nostalgia for an imagined traditional life... (More)
This paper focuses on Nanluoguxiang (NLGX), a historic neighbourhood in Beijing, where the author lived for 2,5 years. The neighbourhood is one of 25 conservation areas in the city, and since 2008 a popular tourist attraction among both domestic and foreign tourists. The area has a long history and
many well preserved buildings, including two smaller museums. However, many aspects of the area’s rich history and old residents’ memories are ignored or largely invisible in the promotion and heritagization of the area. The visitor is confronted with an extreme commercial experience and a heritagescape that explores people’s nostalgia for an imagined traditional life framed and sold as ‘old
Beijing’ and ‘hutong’ life. The commercialization and gentrification of the area has also dramatically changed the life of old residents and their everyday spatial practices. However, new forms of cultural activities and communities have also emerged in the area that shows how memories and heritage are constantly evolving. The paper explores the confluence and negotiations between imagined, commercial and hidden stories of NLGX. It pays particular emphasis to the sensory and spatial
xperiences of old and new residents, visitors and tourists. The paper is inspired by recent works on sensory and visual ethnographic methods, and makes ample use of the authors’ long-term knowledge of the area, different visual documentations, and a range of mediated stories about the area.
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  abstract     = {This  paper  focuses  on  Nanluoguxiang (NLGX),  a  historic  neighbourhood  in  Beijing,  where  the  author lived  for  2,5  years.  The  neighbourhood  is  one  of  25  conservation  areas  in  the  city,  and  since  2008  a popular  tourist  attraction among  both  domestic  and  foreign  tourists.  The  area has  a  long  history  and <br/>many well preserved buildings, including two smaller museums. However, many aspects of the area’s rich  history  and  old  residents’ memories  are  ignored or  largely  invisible  in  the  promotion  and heritagization  of  the  area.  The  visitor  is  confronted with  an  extreme  commercial  experience  and  a heritagescape that explores people’s nostalgia for an imagined traditional life framed and sold as ‘old <br/>Beijing’ and ‘hutong’ life. The commercialization and gentrification of the area has also dramatically changed the life of old residents and their everyday  spatial practices. However, new forms of cultural activities and communities have also emerged in the area that shows how memories and heritage are constantly   evolving.   The   paper   explores   the   confluence   and   negotiations   between   imagined, commercial  and  hidden  stories  of  NLGX.  It  pays  particular  emphasis  to  the  sensory  and  spatial <br/>xperiences  of  old  and  new  residents,  visitors  and  tourists.  The  paper  is  inspired  by  recent  works  on sensory and visual ethnographic methods, and makes ample use of the authors’ long-term knowledge of the area, different visual documentations, and a range of mediated stories about the area.<br/>},
  author       = {Svensson, Marina},
  keyword      = {heritage,China,Asia,urban history,Asian studies},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Nanluoguxiang: Imagined Heritage and Changing Communities},
  year         = {2016},
}