Monthly Archives: October 2011

Consumable villages – “Many people dream of finding paradise, but they never really find such a place. But I did.”

A few lectures ago in class I mentioned the UNESCO World Heritage villages of Hongcun and Xidi in the context of raising questions about the ways heritage preservation in rural China can be an oppressive force that can alienate villagers … Continue reading

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What to do with $3.2 trillion?

China has the world’s largest storehouse of foreign currency – about $3.2 trillion worth.  Much of it is invested in US Treasury bonds, but the EU has recently been making noises about trying to get China to invest some of … Continue reading

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More about Guizhou – “Chinglish” by David Henry Hwang

Well, I just couldn’t resist posting the fact that David Henry Hwang’s latest play takes place (of all places!) in Guiyang.  Hwang is probably best known for his Tony-winning play “M.Butterfly.”  “Chinglish” (directed by Leigh Silverman) is about an American … Continue reading

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Suburban land grabs – “We thought these things happen to peasants in the countryside”

In a previous post on farmers in Lufeng protesting land grabs in Guangdong, I noted that land seizures are a particularly rural problem, in part because rural land tenure remains ambiguous and farmers often lack the knowledge, resources, and organization … Continue reading

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China Town Hall

On November 16th 4:30 to 7:30 in the Wolff Law Building will be a China Town Hall event co-sponsored by the Center for Asian Studies and the National Committee on US-China Relations.  This event will feature of Webcast by Zbigniew … Continue reading

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Desalinating water in China

As you all know, northern China suffers from a shortage of freshwater.  While a big part of its solution to this problem has been to invest in ‘big development’ engineering projects like the South-to-North Water Transfer Project, it has also … Continue reading

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Visually documenting China’s green energy push

The New York Times‘ lens blog features work by the photojournalist Toby Smith, who for the past three years has been documenting energy production, and particularly alternative energy production, in China. “When China made its 12th five-year economic plan last … Continue reading

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Constructing a New Socialist Countryside – the China Daily view

China Daily has a roundup of New Socialist Countryside projects, models, and photo galleries of happy peasants, happy peasant children, shiny new villages, and all sorts of bumper harvests.  The images, in particular, are reminiscent of posters from the Cultural … Continue reading

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More on mimesis: China as Europe’s back-up disc

Every few months, it seems, comes another report in the English-language press on the ‘scandal’ of Chinese copies of landscapes, monuments, and towns from around the world, but particularly from Europe.  Last June, Spiegel reported on Guangdong’s plans to build … Continue reading

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Huaxi supervillage: the new socialist countryside?

Next week we’ll be talking about China’s campaign, launched in 2006 to ‘build a new socialist countryside.’  In the popular Chinese press, probably the most spectacular ‘model’ of this campaign has been Huaxi Village in Jiangsu, the only village in … Continue reading

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