This concluding chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. This book focused on how the past is exhibited in Chinese museums and ended with a chapter on urban planning exhibition halls or so-called “museums of the future.” Doing so might seem incongruous, but ending with a chapter on urban planning exhibition exemplifies a notion at the heart of the book: past, present, and future are intimately intertwined in exhibitionary culture in China. The ways the past is represented and the future imagined are filtered through present-day neoliberal political and economic agendas, and that past in turn reinforces the political and economic interests of the present.
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