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Villages, Vineyards, and Chinese Dragons: Constructing the Heritage of Ethnic Diasporas

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This article examines three Australian case studies of heritage tourism based on ethnic diasporas. These are: the German village of Hahndorf, the cluster of Italian-themed vineyards in the King Valley, and the Golden Dragon Chinese Precinct in Bendigo. It is argued that while the heritage tourism experiences constructed at these places are firmly based on ethnic diasporas, the primary market for them is the general (or incidental) heritage visitor who often has no ethnic connection. Accordingly, these are highly mediated places representing ethnic culture as part of a shared heritage.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 February 2009

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  • Tourism, Culture & Communication is international in its scope and will place no restrictions upon the range of cultural identities covered, other than the need to relate to tourism and hospitality. The Journal seeks to provide interdisciplinary perspectives in areas of interest that may branch away from traditionally recognized national and indigenous cultures, for example, cultural attitudes toward the management of tourists with disabilities, gender aspects of tourism, sport tourism, or age-specific tourism.
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