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Être une grande nation culturelle

Les enjeux du patrimoine culturel immatériel pour la Chine

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Caroline Bodolec

China is one of the most active states in the promotion of the UNESCO Convention for Intangible Cultural Heritage. At the seventh session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (Paris, 2012), China got a single proposal on the «Register of Good Practices», after many heated debates. This choice indicates a shift in China’s policy from making the treasures of its heritage visible to positioning itself as a model for other nations. Since the beginning of the annual deliberations on the listing of ICH, a signi cant number of Chinese cases have been considered, some have been put on hold or suspended while others have been dismissed. This article examines the manner in which the Chinese administration prepared these applications in terms of content and form. Such inquiry is particularly pertinent since it reveals the ways in which the 2003 Convention was embedded in the Chinese law and the ways in which it fostered certain elements of ideology.