Following the addition of Dai paper-cutting (Dai paper-cutting originated from the sacrificial rites of Dai ethnic group. Influenced by Buddhish culture and Central Plains culture, it became mature gradually and now is widely adopted in fete, decorations, celebrations and so forth. In the past, in villages of Mangshi, almost all Dai people were good at paper-cutting, with flowers, birds, beasts as the main patterns. However, with the changes of societies, Dai paper-cutting now is in trouble, due to its low profits and youngsters’ unwillingness to learn the skill. This ethnic arts are now in bad need of development and protection.) to UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list in 2009, another encouraging news came to us: Mangshi took part in the 2012 ICCN Assembly which was held in Gangneung, South Korea and became a member of ICCN.
ICCN, an organization attached to UNESCO, is in charge of the protection of intangible culture heritage. During the assembly, representatives from 23 countries exchanged views with each other. Representative group from Mangshi not only introduced their distinctive culture but also provided attractive performance characterized by unique culture of Mangshi, which showed an amazing Mangshi to the whole world.
The assembly will boost cultural and foreign communication of Mangshi, strengthen the friendship between Mangshi and Gangneung, and serve as an opportunity for Mangshi to exhibit itself.