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November 22, 2004

Museum mania in China

The Chinese government intends to build 1,000 new museums across the country by 2015.A scary piece by Elizabeth Casale in The Platform, an e-zine on cultural policy, says that with approximately 100 urban areas with a population of 1 million or more, China's place-based cultural strategy favours buildings as a symbol of cultural sophistication over the other components necessary for a vibrant cultural life: cultural producers, products and consumers. Stories have been circulating about the Shanghai Grand Theatre often half-empty for lack of interesting programming, Casale writes, or of state-of-the-art equipment that few employees know how to use.

Elizabeth Casale: China's New Cultural Revolution

Posted by John Thackara at November 22, 2004 08:32 AM


Still going through Elizabeth Casale's article...
meanwhile came across this poem in the AEA Consulting site ( the site which hosts Casale's article)...

Why not end with a bilingual poem?

I carry/my roots/with me/all the time/rolled up/I use them/as my pillow/

mis rais/las cargo/siempre/conmigo/enrolladas/me sirven/de almohada

- Francisco Alarcon/

Posted by: Abhishek Hazra at November 22, 2004 03:44 PM

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