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Authentic Antipodean Chineseness? A Scholar's Garden in Aotearoa/New Zealand
2012 (English)In: Journal of China Tourism Research, ISSN 1938-8160, E-ISSN 1938-8179, Vol. 8, no 3, 248-267 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

“Chineseness” may be linked to the Chinese garden and ancient Chinese poetry. This article presents a study set in a Chinese garden in Dunedin, New Zealand. This scholar’s garden ismarketed as being authentic in that it was designed in China, constructed using traditional materials imported from China, and built according to traditional principles by Chinese artisans. In this article we critique the use of the term authentic in this setting and argue that it is the visitors’ experiences of the garden that act to authenticate authenticity, or otherwise, depending on their personal characteristics. In addition, we argue that ancient Chinese poetry is a suitable and important medium through which to offer visitors opportunities to engage with the garden and with Chineseness.

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2012. Vol. 8, no 3, 248-267 p.
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Chineseness, Chinese garden, authenticity, visitor experiences
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-121034DOI: 10.1080/19388160.2012.703929OAI: diva2:930722
Available from: 2016-05-25 Created: 2016-05-25 Last updated: 2016-08-04Bibliographically approved

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