This assignment consists of three elements:
1. A reading selection by Kwame Anthony Appiah, “Whose Culture Is It?” from James Cuno, ed., Whose Culture?
2. Two short videos and readings concerned two looted palaces
in Benin and Beijing: Benin Bronzes: Sylvester Ogbechie Interview on BBC-News and Ben Quinn, “Western museums try to forge deal with west Africa to return the Benin bronzes,” The Guardian (August 12, 2017)
Zodiac bronzes: Old Summer Palace Columns will return to China and Terril Yue Jones, “Two bronze animal heads, stolen 153 years ago, returned to China,” Reuters (June 28, 2013)
3. A short writing assignment. > two paragraphs. In this assignment answer the following questions and be prepared to discuss:
What is/are Kwame Anthony Appiah’s main argument(s) in Whose Culture Is It? Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?
Should everything be presented for universal understanding, or should some knowledge be kept secret?
If you were the director of the British Museum/the Christie’s Auction, how would you deal with the Benin/Zodiac bronzes from your collection? Justify your decision.