Monthly Archives: September 2015

Photo Essay: choaking on coal

Here’s a remarkable photo essay by Bai Shi and Zhou Yi of a Northeastern coal mining community.  Similarly to The Guardian‘s site featured in my last post, this project reminds us of those who sacrifice the most in maintaining China’s … Continue reading

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The Coal Boom Choaking China

The Guardian has a great website on China’s coal dependence and its consequences.  Check it out here.  Relatedly, the NPC recently passed an amendment to China’s air quality law.  Two somewhat contrasting news reports offer an interesting picture of the … Continue reading

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In praise of contamination – Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy

Students who take my World Regional Geography course know that one of my favorite metaphors for understanding and appreciating the world’s cultural diversity is ‘contamination.’  But this is not an idea that I dreamed up.  Nearly a decade ago, Kwame … Continue reading

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