Dr Yujie Zhu
- Cultural anthropology
- Critical heritage studies
- Anthropology of tourism
- Social memory and cultural identity
- Performance studies
- Religious practice
Yujie Zhu is a Lecturer at Center for Heritage and Museum Studies, Australian National University. He is interested in the politics of cultural heritage, and its relation to issues like ethnic tourism, urbanisation, nationalism and religious practices. He is the vice chair of the Commission on the Anthropology of Tourism, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, and an executive committee member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies.
The Politics of Cultural Heritage in China
Little attention has been paid to the role that cultural heritage plays in politics and policy outcomes. Based on critical analysis of heritage policies, interviews with policy-makers, and interactions with practitioners and scholars in China, this project aims to analyze the ways in which cultural heritage facilitates China’s diplomacy, nation-building, economic strategy and local governance. By approaching heritage as a space of cooperation, negotiation and contestation, this research will add conceptual and empirical depth to the literature on the politics of cultural heritage. It will also provide Australia with a new analytical economic and socio-cultural framework to engage with China and the region.
A talk at Cornell Contemporary China Initiative
The Silk Roads or Economic Belt: An Analysis of the Interaction Between China’s World Heritage and its Economic and Political Ambitions
Pursuing good life in this world: the aspiration of Daoist clerics in Longhu Shan, China
Constructing a Divine Domesticity: Woman’s Messenger (1912-1951) and Her Republican Dreamers