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Arts in China Special (3) - Collecting History (28 Aug 2007)


Over the past 30 years, China has built 2,000 museums. A lot more are on their way, with many scheduled to be finished in time for the 2008 Olympic Games. These museums may be initiated, supported, and run by the government, corporations, and even enthusiastic individuals. Among those individuals are some of China's citizens who've been safeguarding pieces of the nation's history for years. We meet Mrs Yang, an old lady who regularly jumps into construction sites and snatches fragments of antique porcelain from beneath bulldozers, just to preserve a piece of the past. We also meet a man who spends every penny he can save to collect anything relating to Old Shanghai; another who collects Cultural Revolution memorabilia; the owner of a sex museum; and collectors of everything from old Chinese shoes to antique chopsticks. These private collectors are all making their own individual contributions to telling China's story.

The Works
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
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