Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The International Journal of Intangible Heritage is dedicated to “the promotion of the understanding of all aspects of the intangible heritage in the world, and the communication of research and examples of good professional practice.” It has international advisory and editorial boards, with members from Korea, the UK, Germany, the US, Barbados, China, Russia, the Netherlands, Australia, and Japan, and is published by the National Folk Museum of Korea.
The latest issue available for review, Volume 10, 2015, bears out the journal’s commitment to preserving and transmitting intangible heritages of the world, with articles about the cultural heritages of the Philippines, India, Thailand, Serbia, China, and Turkey. These include: “Ghost of the Forest: the Tangible and Intangible in Natural and Cultural Heritage,” “Flowers for 'Mama Mary': Cultural Hegemony and Change in Argao's Traditional Flores de Mayo,” “A Decade Later: Looking at the Past while Sketching the Future of ICH through the Tripartite Digitisation Model,” “Disappearing Dialect: the Idu-Mishmi Language of Arunachal Pradesh (India),” “Food for the Soul: Eternal Co-existence in the Mayan-Catholic Traditions of Pomuch, Mexico,” “Spirit of the Loom: the Conservation and Commodification of Surin's Textile Cultural Heritage,” “Common Histories, Constructed Identities: Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Rebranding of Serbia,” “Indigenising Intangible Cultural Heritage: Comparison and Interpretation of the Concept of ICH in China,” “An Integrated Methodology for the Conservation of Traditional Craftsmanship in Historic Buildings,” and “Why Local Governments Matters in Implementing the UNESCO 2003 Convention: the Case for ICCN,” and book reviews of Re-imagining Heritage Interpretation: Enchanting the Past-Future, and Edible Identities: Food as Cultural Heritage. An examination of recent past issues finds articles describing the cultural heritages of Andalusia , Bahrain, Barbados, Catalonia, Croatia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Scotland, Taiwan, and Wales, among others. The journal also hosts ten videos depicting such subjects as: A Vanishing Way of Life: A documentary of the traditional, daily way of life - Traditional Sun Dried Sea Salt Production in Korea; Kimjang, Making and Sharing Kimchi in the Republic of Korea; and Jultagi, tightrope walking.
This journal will be of interest both to academics and the general reader who wants to witness, and help preserve, vanishing ways of life around the globe. I hope to see many more issues of the International Journal of Intangible Heritage in future.