The development of intangible cultural heritage and China’s good governance: A case study of Ruili’s Tai pottery

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Haosheng Duan


Yunnan’s Tai pottery is one of China's important intangible cultural heritages. Tai pottery has a time-honored history in the region of Tai society worldwide. Noticeably, the Tai potteries and their development have diverse status quo in different Tai societies. However, at present, Tai pottery is encountering the crisis of inheritance in the process of contemporary modernization and globalization. Hence, the protection and development of Tai-pottery intangible cultural heritage (ICH) need the support of good governance. Good governance can coordinate and integrate comprehensive resources from different social sectors. In addition, it can also improve the participation of civil society and empower the vulnerables. However, identifying the distinctions of China’s good governance that differ from the Western definition is necessary before the precise analysis of politics and policies. Therefore, based on the qualitative methodology of empirical analysis, this paper adopted the research methods of documentary analysis and case study to analyze the development of Tai-pottery ICH of Ruili from the perspective of China’s good governance. Eventually, there is a local political policy analysis of Ruili from the perspective of ICH development at the end of this paper. ICH development, such as Tai pottery in Ruili, needs an organic and dynamic integration with China’s good governance and related policies to reach sustainable development.


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