Museum Anthropology Review 2018-06-24T17:47:00-04:00 Jason Baird Jackson Open Journal Systems <p><em>Museum Anthropology Review</em> (MAR) is an open access journal whose purpose is the wide dissemination of peer-reviewed articles, reviews, essays, project reports, and other content advancing the field of material culture and museum studies, broadly conceived. <em>Museum Anthropology Review</em> is the scholarly journal of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.</p> Contributions from the China-US Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project 2018-06-24T17:46:59-04:00 Jason Baird Jackson This editorial offers context for the two peer-reviewed papers presented in the associated issue of the journal. 2018-01-17T15:05:51-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Presentation, Representation, and Museumification in Heritage Tourism: The Case of Hongkeng Hakka Earth Building Folk Cultural Village 2018-06-24T17:47:00-04:00 Lijun Zhang UNESCO’s placement of the large, multi-story communal vernacular buildings known as tulou (土楼, rammed earth building) on its World Heritage List, and the touristic development that followed, has produced great social transformations among the Hakka people of Southeast China who reside in these impressive dwellings. My research explores the impact of UNESCO-inspired tourism on community life in Hongkeng village (Yongding Hakka Tulou Folk Culture Village). In this brief essay, I explore the local reshaping of space and social relationships to illustrate the ways that heritage tourism transforms everyday life and local culture. My special interest in the larger project from which this essay draws is the ways that local people negotiate such transformations. The negotiation process involves local people adapting to the new heritage phenomenon and navigating situations of frequent cultural contact and regular conflicts of interest. On the one hand, heritage and tourism contribute to the museumification of local life and culture. Local government and natives consciously or subconsciously represent their identity and tradition as well as produce localness through the decoration and reshaping of local living space. On the other hand, heritage tourism activities result in new forms of social interaction that challenge local genealogical social structure and family relationships. In such circumstances, new modes and patterns of community interaction and local cultural practices are generated under the transformative forces of heritage and tourism. My investigations into the spatial, cultural, and social spheres of local life in Hongkeng aim to help understand the transformation of an indigenous community while it is engaging in (and with) heritage practices such as listing, landmarking, representation, historical recreation, cultural commodification, and touristic management. 2018-01-17T15:05:51-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Balancing Memory and Material at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum 2018-06-24T17:46:57-04:00 Gabrielle A. Berlinger Abstract: Founded in a nationally landmarked apartment building on the ever-gentrifying Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum is an historic site of immigrant social history and material culture. Constructed in 1864 and occupied by over 7,000 immigrants until its closing in 1935, this building has withstood constantly rising visitorship each year since its opening as a museum in 1988. With apartment spaces restored for the public to explore without roped-off restriction, this time capsule of domestic immigrant life requires continual maintenance to preserve its historic physical fabric. Through interviews with the Museum staff and the Preservation Advisory Committee (conservators, architectural historians, curators), as well as documentation of technical processes carried out in the preservation process, this ethnographic study investigates the questions and compromises that arise in the preservation of the tangible and intangible heritage contained within an historic structure in constant use. Which narratives are reconstructed through the Museum’s decisions to restore certain material features of the building while allowing others to decay? What are best practices for interpretation and preservation when a museum’s success results in the gradual destruction of its main artifact (the building) through use? This study explores the intersection of museum mission and practice, heritage construction, and historic preservation at a site both sustained and destroyed by its increasing success. 2018-01-17T15:05:53-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Curating the Future: Museums, Communities, and Climate Change (Newell, Robin, and Wehner, eds.) 2018-06-24T17:46:56-04:00 Torben Rick This work is a book review considering the title Curating the Future: Museums, Communities, and Climate Change edited by Jennifer Newell, Libby Robin, and Kristen Wehner. 2018-01-17T15:05:54-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Visiting with the Ancestors: Blackfoot Shirts in Museum Spaces (Peers and Brown) 2018-06-24T17:46:55-04:00 Jeffrey D. Anderson This work is a book review considering the title Visiting with the Ancestors: Blackfoot Shirts in Museum Spaces by Laura Peers and Alison K. Brown. 2018-01-17T15:05:54-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Anatomy Museum: Death and the Body Displayed (Hallam) 2018-06-24T17:46:53-04:00 Patricia Galloway This work is a book review considering the title Anatomy Museum: Death and the Body Displayed by Elizabeth Hallam. 2018-01-17T15:05:55-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Books and Media Received 2018-06-24T17:46:54-04:00 Jason Baird Jackson This item is a listing of scholarly works submitted to the editorial office for possible review. 2018-01-17T15:05:55-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##