National Heritage Values in Lao PDR and Singapore: Its Functions and Effects

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Korakit Choomgrant

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          Heritage is socially and culturally constructed and used to serve different purposes. Heritage is, therefore, a representation of values from different perspectives ranging from the universal to the individual. In the context of Southeast Asia, heritage is politically utilized to help build-up the nation. By doing as such, heritage becomes official and authorized which exclude the non-mainstream heritage from the public understanding. The examples from Lao PDR and Singapore are presented to disclose the heritage making process and its roles as a business of majority.

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