cultural history, heritage, History, Humanities, Intellectual history, japanese, Japanese Culture, literature, memory, Uncategorized

The Importance and Intangibility of Heritage

 

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Dainichi-dō bugaku godai sonmai by Wc018 via Wikimedia Commons

Post Submission by: Dr Natsuko Akagawa

We often talk about heritage in relation to our familial and linguistic connections to countries, with these connections passed down from generation to generation. However, as the ABC recently reported it only takes three generations for many migrant families to lose their native tongue, leading some to suggest that Australia is a “graveyard of languages”. In order to understand how these cultural and linguistic linkages become muddied or even lost, it is important to look at the bigger picture, how the memories and objects in the world around us become elements of heritage to which people relate and hold dear.

Dr Akagawa, considers these questions and more in a number of publications that investigates the nature of heritage as it applies to people, nations and global interactions, and more specifically, the important links between heritage conservation and national identity. Continue reading “The Importance and Intangibility of Heritage”

film and visual cultures, japanese, Uncategorized

Screening “Everyday Is Alzheimer’s” by Ms Yuka Sekiguchi

 

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Yuka Sekiguchi and her mother, Hiroko, NY Gals Films, 2018

As the title suggests, the film deals with very important issues such as health and well-being, aged care, palliative care, and assisted dying. Despite the sensitive nature of the topic, the film takes a humorous approach and is currently being screened in various cities in Japan with a very warm reception and media exposure.

Continue reading “Screening “Everyday Is Alzheimer’s” by Ms Yuka Sekiguchi”