A Landscape of Travel
The Work of Tourism in Rural Ethnic China
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of Washington Press
Title Page, Copyright Page
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Jenny Chio’s A Landscape of Travel is about China becoming a nation that travels. Its rural workers by the hundreds of millions travel yearly to the cities to make clothes, to build skyscrapers, to serve diners, and to clean hotel rooms. Its consumers bought almost seventeen million cars in...
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On a bright summer afternoon in 2007, a group of Chinese travel-media photographers, editors, and publishers gathered in a Beijing bookstore for a casual brainstorming session. Their task at hand was to discuss the creation of a Chinese-language guidebook to China for the domestic tourism...
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This project has taken me from the United States to China to Australia and back, and the book would never have emerged without the endless stream of encouragement from family, friends, and colleagues near and far. First and foremost, I am deeply inspired by and indebted to Nelson H. H. Graburn...
Map of China
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Introduction - Landscape, Mobility, Visuality
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From 2006 to 2007, a billboard declaring, “Develop Rural Tourism, Build a New Socialist Countryside” (Fazhan xiangcun lüyou, jianshe shehui zhuyi xin nongcun), stood on the side of the Gui Xin highway— a smooth, recently constructed four-lane highway linking Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou...
1. Similar, with Minor Differences - A Tale of Two Villages
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“Doing tourism” in Ping’an and Upper Jidao entails pragmatic and discursive understandings of both being an ethnic minority and being rural in China today.1 After all, the potential success of tourism in these communities rests upon their ability to turn a profit from the tourist’s experience...
2. Peasant Family Happiness - A New Socialist Countryside
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For a few years, the phrase nong jia le seemed to appear everywhere I went in China. In March 2006, on my first visit to Upper Jidao, a handful of houses had the three-character phrase printed on woven bamboo plates that were hung above doorways. Under each of the Chinese characters of...
3. Leave the Fields without Leaving the Countryside - The Orders of Mobility
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In February 2007, I was roaming the paths of Upper Jidao to complete a household survey in the village. By this time, I had lived there for more than five months, and I thought most everyone knew who I was, given the small size of the village. But starting in November of the previous year...
4. “Take a Picture with Us - ”The Politics of Appearance
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One day in late September 2007, I left Upper Jidao with Qin, the village clinician and frequent de facto tour guide, and Wang Xiaomei, a journalist at the Guizhou People’s Daily. Xiaomei had recently completed a master’s thesis for which she conducted a comparative study of tourism development...
5. The Ability to Be Different - Socialities and Subjectivities
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Doing tourism in Ping’an and Upper Jidao involved not only visible modifications, such as changing one’s clothes or renovating houses to cater to perceived tourist desires, but also transformations in socialities and individual subjectivities of village residents, migrant or local. As the previous...
Conclusion - Upper Jidao, Meet Ping’an
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In June 2007, I invited the members of the Upper Jidao Tourism Association to visit Ping’an; it would be a second trip to the Longji Scenic Area for Teacher Pan and Fa, and the first for the other association members. Through this trip, I came to fully realize how complicated tourism is as a...
Glossary of Chinese Characters
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Publication Year: 2014