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Reviving Taiwan’s craft bamboo industry: Evaluating recent strategies to transform a heritage craft sector into a contemporary cultural industry

LEE, Hung-Wei ; BARNES, Carolyn ; RENDA, Gianni ;


Policy-makers increasingly see cultural industries as important economic contributors with the added scope to sustain local identity. Since 1991, Taiwan’s Ministries of Culture and Educa-tion have sought to revive Taiwan’s bamboo crafts, including for their cultural heritage value, in the face of damaging competition from cheap imports. Various policies and programs have sought to give new strength and vitality to Taiwanese cultural production. Despite some noteworthy individual products, such efforts typically neglect the root causes for the decline of Taiwan’s bamboo industries. Research suggests that successful cultural industries need a critical mass of creative innovators, entrepreneurs and skilled workers and advanced manu-facturing capability. The paper discusses industry development strategies to date, arguing that the main hurdle to the revitalization of Taiwan’s bamboo industries is a lack of an innova-tion culture in manufacturing companies to drive new product development compounded by design graduates’ limited exposure to bamboo as a material.


Palavras-chave: Bamboo products, cultural industries, design policy and innovation, design curriculum,

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DOI: 10.5151/despro-icdhs2016-03_002

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LEE, Hung-Wei; BARNES, Carolyn; RENDA, Gianni; "Reviving Taiwan’s craft bamboo industry: Evaluating recent strategies to transform a heritage craft sector into a contemporary cultural industry", p. 186-191 . In: Wong, Wendy Siuyi; Kikuchi, Yuko & Lin, Tingyi (Eds.). Making Trans/National Contemporary Design History [=ICDHS 2016 – 10th Conference of the International Committee for Design History & Design Studies]. São Paulo: Blucher, 2016.
ISSN 2318-6968, DOI 10.5151/despro-icdhs2016-03_002

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