Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

The Peony Pavilion

The Peony Pavilion Bando Tamasaburo and Suzhou Kunqu Opera Theatre of Jiangsu Province Kwai Tsing Theatre Reviewed: Nov 19

Tuesday, 23 November, 2010, 12:00am

Cultural heritage or brand protection?

China has long been enthusiastic about having important national sites included on Unesco's world heritage list. Now it is branching out to preserve intangible heritage. Ahead of yesterday's Tuen Ng festival, the state-run Xinhua news service announced an application had been made to the United Nations body to declare the festival intangible cultural heritage.

29 May 2009 - 12:00am

Intangible Cultural Heritage in China

Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Until Feb 16

Must museum exhibits always be material objects?

1 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Manami Kimura

MAN'S WORLD Women were not allowed to perform traditional bunraku [puppet theatre]. For centuries, performing arts generally in Japan were the domain of men. They were seen as offerings to the gods and were related to festivals, to the Shinto religion, indigenous aboriginal practices, Shamanism and so on. Those who performed were of the Order. It was not entertainment for lay people.

7 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Do the young know it's Lunar New Year at all?

It all began with a simple question posed two years ago to a small group of Nanjing children: What is the most important Chinese holiday on the calendar?

Almost all of the children who were under 10 told Nanjing University's Professor Chen Jing that the answer was Christmas.

21 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Opera beats kung fu for Unesco listing bid

A form of opera originating in Xinjiang has defeated Shaolin kung fu in the battle to become China's sole nomination for Unesco's intangible heritage list, the Ministry of Culture announced yesterday.

27 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Home truths

SURVIVAL lesson number one: there is no home. Survival lesson number two: if the local labour's getting expensive, go somewhere else and find someone who will do the work cheaper.

21 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Wandering the old city that lives its dreams

MENTION Osaka to anyone who knows this city and their eyes brighten with memories. It's a hectic place with cash flowing between its many buildings, mostly banks, businesses and bars, like nervous energy through a living body.

The visitor is not commonly caught up in this tide of monetary affairs, merely taking part in its lighter whirls in an evening jaunt about town.

15 May 1993 - 12:00am