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Open Hearts Open Doors: Reflections on China's Past and Future

Elizabeth Gill Lui

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 250

  • Publisher: Cornell University Press

  • Date Published: Dec 2008

  • Stock Code: 66986

  • ISBN: 9780979616501

  • Binding: Hardback

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A movement for historical preservation is taking hold in China as more people realise the extent to which the country's historical character has already been sacrificed to economic development.

Open Hearts Open Doors provides a visual journey to traditional villages throughout rural areas of southeastern China. Photographed between 1995 and 2006 while Elizabeth Gill Lui was a visiting artist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in the Department of Architecture, this collection of stunning images focuses on a cultural and architectural vernacular environment struggling to survive amid a dynamically transforming era in China's development.

Complementing the pictures, the prestigious contributors offer their thoughts on the question of how China can balance heritage preservation and economic growth. The views expressed are a valuable reflection on efforts that might help to preserve China's rich cultural legacy. How preservation contributes to cultural identity is central to this discussion. An epilogue by the architect I. M. Pei closes the book with words of hope for China's future.

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