Dim Sum, Dried Lizards and Empty Parking Lots
Understanding Cultural Landscapes with Bill Yuen, Executive Director of Heritage Vancouver Society
This session challenges traditional understandings of heritage that focus largely on architectural works and grand monuments. Contemporary understanding and practice is actually quite different and complex. Rather than focusing exclusively on physical objects, cultural landscapes focus on relationships between people and their environment and the interrelationships between tangible and intangible aspects of a place.
We will use a range of examples from across the world, to introduce this complex form of heritage. A discussion of values based heritage will be an important part of this and we will take a short delve into the intangible heritage values work done for Chinatown in 2015 as an illustration. We will also tie this in with the concepts of “authenticity” and “integrity” as a basis for understanding UNESCO World Heritage and see what they mean and how they are applied in real life with real examples. Although there are a few technical concepts, we will do our best to convey them in an easy to follow way and ensure the session is interactive and thought provoking! We also take some time to have a conversation with participants about how all these ideas apply in Chinatown.
A repeat session was held on July 4, 2018.