2013-2014 Colloquium Series
The Tourism Studies Working Group
and the Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley
are pleased to announce
THE MUSEUM BOOM IN CHINA:
Historical Overview and Current Issues
Minzu University of China, Beijing, China
Friday, April 18, 5:30 PM
Gifford Room, 221 Kroeber Hall
University of California, Berkeley
China is experiencing an unprecedented museum building boom, with an average of approximately 300 museums opening each year since 2005. The country currently has 3,866 museums, 75% of which are categorized as medium or small-sized. In addition, private museums, a totally new phenomenon in China, are rapidly increasing. As of 2012 the country had approximately 1,500 such museums, more than 1,000 of which are not officially registered. Why is the Chinese government, as well as private groups, so eager to build new museums? How are these funded? What types of museums are being built, and to house what collections? What is the organizational structural of the museum industry? Most importantly, why is this boom happening now, and what might follow in the next decade?
Pan Shouyong is Professor of Anthropology and Museology at the Minzu University of China in Beijing, China. He is a research fellow at the Chinese Museum of National Minorities, a member of the National Planning Committee of Chinese Eco-Museums, and currently a Fulbright Scholar at the George Washington University and Smithsonian Institution. He was previously in charge of the conservation strategy for the protection of national minority customs and cultural artefacts in the Three Gorges Reservoir District. He has published widely in both Chinese and English research journals on museums, preservation and conservation.