Cultural Heritage In The 21st Century

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Good morning.
My group and I had researched about culture heritages and we came out with an issue: “To what extent can cultural heritages be preserved in the 21st century.” The perspectives that are going to be covered are: Politics, Economy, Technology, Culture, and Ethics.
I will be discussing my findings regarding ethical issues. More specifically, I will be narrowing the scope to the ethics of tourism. And how it might be an obstruction to the preservation of culture heritages sites. One of the example is The Old City of Jerusalem in Israel, this is an endangered site due to tourism.
Let us look at the stats before we go into the topic. We can see that Europe and North America have the largest percentage of cultural heritage, followed
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It is an attraction opened to the public. To limit the tourist is a good way to preserve this cultural heritage with eminent historical value, but it’s difficult. Impossible even, it’s really colossal. To worsen the problem, 2 new parts of the wall has to be opened for the accommodation of tourist. And the walls are vandalized. Tourists carved their names on the walls, little did they know their ignorance is dwindling the beauty and magnificence of the wall. China government tried to curb the problem by allowing the vandals to etch at designated area of the walls that can be turned into a scenic spot.
Internationally, similar problems are faced. For example, Taiwan’s Fort Zeelandia, a grade 1 cultural heritage that according to a source criticized the misconduct of tourists had damaged the already decrepit fort. Though staff had intervene, they still exhibit behaviors such as spitting and scratching the cement off the walls. Taiwan officials enforced the law to stop vandals from destroying their Grade 1 cultural heritages. Up to 5 years of imprisonment can be given to
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Similar measures had been used to approach the issue. In Dalian, buildings rich in historical values had been declared the "Cultural Heritage Sites under Protection by the Chinese State Government" in 2001 and the "Heritage Buildings under Protection by the Dalian Municipal Government" in 2002. This is Yamato hotel, Culture Club building. And this is the industrial and Commercial Bank of China 's Dalian Branch used to be known as Dalian City Hall, built in 1919. Dalian also hosts Cultural Festivals every 11th June that will further educate the importance of preserving intangible culture heritage.
Law on prohibiting grade 1 or only existing cultural relics to be exhibited abroad is introduced in China. This can prevent the relics to be lost or damage due to tourism activities. There’s also about 2000 museums set up to house cultural artifacts. That way, relics could be protected from illegal
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