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Cross-cultural Understanding of Chinese Traditional Puppetry: Integrating Digital Technology to Enhance Audience Engagement

Lookup NU author(s): Shichao Zhao, Professor Dave KirkORCiD, Dr Simon BowenORCiD, Emeritus Professor Pete Wright



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The digital heritage sector has become a highly significant part of the development of cultural heritage. Cultural organisations are increasingly using interactive technology to support the understanding of cultural heritage. This research aims to provide an approach for digital cultural heritage researchers and digital museologists to establish an appropriate position within digital cultural heritage. In this paper, the authors have undertaken a qualitative evaluation of data based on interviews, workshops and fieldwork focusing on potential transcultural audiences, and Chinese/non-Chinese puppetry stakeholders. From these findings, the authors have presented several design suggestions for cultural preservation to surmount transcultural barriers.

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Author(s): Zhao SC, Kirk D, Bowen S, Wright PC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The International Journal of Intangible Heritage

Year: 2019

Volume: 14

Pages: 139-154

Print publication date: 28/06/2019

Acceptance date: 05/03/2019

Date deposited: 09/09/2019

ISSN (print): 1975-3586

ISSN (electronic): 1975-4019

Publisher: National Folk Museum of Korea (NFMK)