The Department of Anthropology has established the Centre for Cultural Heritage Studies (CCHS). The development of cultural heritage studies has become increasingly important at international, regional, national and local levels, as the larger society becomes more aware of the importance of preserving its cultural heritage. There is also an increasing demand on campus for systematic training in cultural heritage studies. CCHS will contribute to the integration of interdisciplinary research and further development of heritage studies on campus, and will establish CUHK as a leader in this developing field. CCHS also aims at providing a platform for a systematic and holistic approach to cultural heritage studies; to encourage more academic research and exchange in the area, as well as to promote public understanding of the significance of cultural heritage.
In recent years, both Hong Kong SAR and the Mainland have emphasized and promoted the understanding of preserving cultural heritage. Although there are no designated World Heritage sites in Hong Kong, the role of local cultural heritage in the community should not be ignored. The CUHK is committed to preserving and promoting Chinese culture and has long had research projects as well as taught courses on Chinese culture heritage studies. However a systematic and holistic approach to discussion about tangible and intangible heritage is lacking. Thus, we propose that a Centre for Cultural Heritage Studies should be set up to further promote related academic research and teaching as well as to study the management, policy formulation and development of cultural heritage preservation in China and the rest of Asia.