China's New Socialist Countryside
Modernity Arrives in the Nu River Valley
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Washington Press
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Foreword by Stevan Harrell
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Nujiang Prefecture is one of the most remote, most sparsely populated, and least-known parts of China. Until very recently, people of the Lisu, Nu, Drung (Dulong), Tibetan, and other small ethnic groups have lived subsistence livelihoods in its deep valleys between precipitous mountain ranges, practicing farming, herding, and forestry. The prefecture stretches ...
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I would first like to thank my family for their enormous support and inspiration. I am particularly grateful to my mother, Susan Harwood, for encouraging me to pursue an advanced academic degree and for her sage words of advice, guidance, and feedback. I would like to thank my father, Errol Harwood, for his generous support and motivation, particu-...
Equivalents and Abbreviations
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The road was not just a facility for going and returning; it was also an opportunity to compare conditions and modes of life. It affected the peasants who set out on it, getting them used to strange places, showing them the way, permitting alien notions and a sense of differ-ent prospects to germinate in them or in those listening to the tales ...
1. Life at the Periphery of the Chinese Party-State: An Introduction
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...ent home of numerous tribes, which have been driven towards it in a succession of human waves, and there is probably no district in the world where the tides of humanity have left so varied a deposit as in these mountain tracts forming the frontier lands of two great empires. Whilst the forces of Nature have been driving man from his northern ...
2. Nature Reserves and Reforestation: The Impacts of Conservation Programs upon Livelihoods
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China is now experiencing many pollution hazards that only emerged during the middle or late stages of industrialization in developed countries, and no more sustainable environmental capacity is left to sustain the current pattern of economic growth. In the next 15 years, China’s population will reach 1.46 billion and the GDP will quadru-...
3. All Is Not as It Appears: Education Reform
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Until recently, school completion rates among Gongshan’s ethnic minority population were very low. The high costs of participating in formal educa-tion, combined with a perception that it offers limited utility, caused many ethnic minority students to drop out of school and return to the family farm before completing the standard nine years of compulsory education. ...
4. Migration from the Margins: Increasing Outward Migration for Work
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Export one person and pull one household out of poverty. Export a team of people and pull an entire region forward. [Shuchu yi ren, tuo-The treacherous road that connects the Gongshan county town with Dulongjiang, Gongshan’s poorest and most isolated township, was com-pleted only in 1999 and at significant cost: approximately ¥120 million. ...
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Prior to 2007, many of Menke’s primary school– aged children were miss-ing out on a full education. This was not because their parents did not want their children to attend school; as the quote above suggests, many of Menke’s parents in fact placed great value upon education. The reason was that when it rained or snowed, the steep, 1.3-kilometer dirt path con-...
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Glossary of Chinese Terms
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Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Studies on ethnic groups in China
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth