Conserving Cultural Landscape as a Driver for Identification in Local Communities in Taiwan

Abstract

A cultural landscape, which encompasses various elements in a specific area, represents the combined works of nature and man. An organically evolved cultural landscape may represent a specific production process for a place, and may consolidate the identification for local people through conservation process of cultural landscape. With this concept, traditional economical model with special cultural meaning may be kept, and new model and idea may be created. Besides, specific and protected environment in a cultural landscape may become the visual source of memory which influences belongingness of local people and visitors. The legacy of knowledge, technology and beliefs which could be inherited may become social and cultural identification for local community. With the influence of globalization, local identity in rural area becomes crucial for the communities. The conservation of cultural landscape may create an alternative model on economic, environment and society, by which new local identity would be formed, and transformed as a new model for sharing. In this paper, cases of cultural landscape of rural areas in Taiwan will be discussed, especially the influences on identification of economic, environment and society during the conservation process.



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Chun-Hsi Wang, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Chao-Ching Fu, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

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Conference: ACCS2014
Stream: Cultural Studies

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