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Chinese paintings seek UNESCO recognition

(Guangming Daily)

15:30, November 11, 2011

Edited and Translated by Han Shasha, People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.11 (People's Daily Online) --China has officially started the application process to UNESCO for recognition of its wooden board New Year painting style to be recognized world intangible cultural heritage, said Pan Lusheng, vice chairman of the China Folk Literature and Art Society, on Nov. 6.

The project of rescuing China's wooden board New Year painting style was launched in 2001. Participants carried out general investigations in rural areas for 10 years.

After thoroughly searching for and sorting out New Year painting resources scattered all over China, dozens of experts and scholars from various places in China published the 22-volume "Collection of Chinese Wooden Board New Year Paintings" and the 14-volume series of books "The History of Chinese Wooden Board New Year Painting Told by Inheritors," which has more than 1 million Chinese characters. They also have built a full set of digital documents.

The chairman of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles Feng Jicai said, "Applying for the world intangible cultural heritage is just the first step for the further protection of the wooden board New Year Painting. Currently, the works that we should do immediately are protecting it scientifically, popularizing it widely, making use of it properly and supporting it academically."

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intangible Cultural Heritage program is a special branch of the United Nations that concentrates on the preservation of cultural traditions that do not necessarily take on a physical form and includes "living expressions and the traditions that countless groups and communities worldwide have inherited from their ancestors and transmit to their descendants, in most cases orally," according to the UNESCO website.

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