The Revival of Regional Museums as Keeper of Culture in Post-Mao China (1976-1978)


  • Zhiyu Zhang History Section, School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, MALAYSIA
  • Mahani Musa History Section, School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, MALAYSIA



Cultural Revolution, a decade of unrest, regional museums, new deal, reconstruction of historical relics


The Cultural Revolution (1966-1976)[i] ushered a decade of civil unrest in China when the country and its people suffered serious setbacks and losses since the founding of the new China when China's cultural development was at a low ebb. As a record of Chinese socio-history and culture in the post-Mao era, the Regional Museum of China reflects some extent, the relationship between China (1976-1978) and immaterial cultural production and historical continuity under certain spatial conditions. It is a true example of China's socio-historical and cultural processes. Based on regional museums in China, this paper uses qualitative research and documentary analysis to explain China's historical evolution and cultural renaissance during the two-year hiatus following a decade of turmoil. Field visits to regional museums were conducted within the defined scope of the study, a wealth of information was collected for statistical analysis, and the impact of the New Deal on the construction of regional museums was discussed. This includes their contribution to the restoration and reconstruction of historical artifacts that have produced a revival of Chinese history and culture.

Received: 24 January 2023

Reviewed: 15 February 2023

Accepted: 25 March 2023





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