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The impact of Hôi An as heritage from the sea. A platform for Vietnam’s traditional maritime know-how
Dac Nhu-Mai, N. (2015). The impact of Hôi An as heritage from the sea. A platform for Vietnam’s traditional maritime know-how, in: Themudo Barata, F. et al. (Ed.) Heritages and Memories from the Sea. 1st International Conference of the UNESCO Chair in Intangible Heritage and Traditional Know-How: Linking Heritage 14-16 January 2015. Évora. Portugal. Conference Proceedings. pp. 164-172
In: Themudo Barata, F.; Magalhães Rocha, J. (Ed.) (2015). Heritages and Memories from the Sea. 1st International Conference of the UNESCO Chair in Intangible Heritage and Traditional Know-How: Linking Heritage 14-16 January 2015. Évora. Portugal. Conference Proceedings. Electronic edition 2015. UNESCO/UniTwin/Universidade de Evora: Evora. ISBN 978-989-99442-0-6. 228 pp., more

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    Marine
Author keywords
    Hôi An, silk, globalisation, Quoc-ngu legacy, flooding

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  • Dac Nhu-Mai, N.

Abstract
    The city of Hôi An provides a platform for traditional Vietnamese know-how from which the expansion linked to the sea and sustainable development in the context of globalisation can be investigated. During the 15th century, Portuguese culture gained roots through the establishing of commercial and cultural exchanges with Hôi An. Located at the confluence of the Thu Bon River, the city known as “Faifoo” during the French colonial period was, until the 19th century, an important international supply port. Trade relationships have transformed Hôi An into a cultural trade centre, a prosperous wholesale supplier of local products, where the breeding of silkworms and the weaving of high-grade silk products were conducted for export all the way along the Silk Road. In the 21st century, it would be beneficial for Hôi An to identify for further conservation such cultural items as the national use of Quoc-ngu (the writing system used for the Vietnamese language), handicraft lanterns and watercolour painting techniques (inks and pigments, and the forms and symbols of Asian cultures, in particular marouflés – glued paper layers). However, in 2015 it is urgent to increase the protection of the city’s heritage from future devastation by floods and coastal erosion.

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