Architecture and Conservation in Guizhou Villages: A Talk with Dr. Kuanghan Li [in Mandarin] (Event #14)
In a small green valley to the mountainous southeast of Guizhou lies Dali village, home to the Dong ethnic minority group. The Dong people have practiced skilled textile craftsmanship and masonry for over 1,000 years, but with younger generations moving away to find work, this longheld traditional craft risks being lost. In an effort to preserve the community’s cultural heritage, the residents of Dali, together with Beijing-based Studio Atlas and the Global Heritage Fund, created the Dali project. Join us for a talk with Dr. Kuanghan Li from the Global Heritage Fund to get to know this special community and learn how the Dali Project has transformed the village through sustainable economic development.
Dr. Kuanghan Li
Dr. Kuanghan Li is assistant to the director of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific World Heritage Training and Research Center (Beijing), and concurrently the project director of the Global Cultural Heritage Foundation. Her research focuses on urban and rural heritage protection and community development and she has participated in many architectural design and heritage protection projects in the United States, India, Morocco, and France. Li graduated from the National University of Singapore’s department of Architecture and earned her Master’s in History Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. She then went on to receive her Doctorate in Cultural Heritage Preservation from Peking University.
- Mei ZhangFounder and CEO of WildChina
Mei Zhang is the founder and CEO of WildChina. Under her leadership, WildChina flourished from a small Hutong operation into an award-winning business. Mei’s own expertise has led her to win a number of personal awards, including Travel and Leisure’s A-List of Top Travel Advisors, Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialist, and Wendy Perrin’s #WOW List of Travel Experts. Mei is an Aspen Institute China Fellow and currently serves as a member of Harvard Business School’s Alumni Board.