Fan Li (2013) “International influence and local response: understanding community involvement in urban heritage conservation in China”, International Journal of Heritage Studies
This paper explores the situation of community engagement in the heritage sector in China, which is facing increasing international pressure particularly through donor agencies. It is argued that government-led residents’ committees do not essentially serve the interest of the local communities, whilst grassroots civil societies and NGOs are, to a great extent regulated, by the prevailing political power. Given the situation of insufficient community involvement in the sector of cultural heritage conservation in China, local government has adopted the international approach introduced by donor agencies, but this has not resulted in power sharing and the state constrains community involvement within certain limits. This paper examines the situation of community involvement in heritage management in the city of Yangzhou.
Fan Li is currently a PhD candidate at the Technical University of Berlin, the author has studied and undertaken research in China and in Germany. Trained as an urban planner, she has worked in China for urban conservation projects for more than five years. She is a member of ICOMOS and a former member of ISoCarp.