Reproducing Chinese Culture in Diaspora : Sustainable Agriculture and Petrified Culture in Northern Thailand
Reproducing Chinese Culture in Diaspora describes how a group of anti-communist Chinese nationals managed to establish a farming community in Thailand's northern hills after voluntary exile from communist China in 1949. Though successful from an agricultural sustainability standpoint, this community of Chinese exiles has rigidly maintained its cultural ideals, driving away younger generations and ultimately threatening to derail the community's continued existence.
- Hardback | 146 pages
- 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
- 28 Feb 2010
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
This important study gives fascinating and finely drawn historical, ecological and cultural context to a Yunnan Chinese settlement in northern Thailand. Based on theoretically richly informed fieldwork, the settlement is described in terms of its own history but also with respect to the changing regional and global forces to which its inhabitants have been exposed and to which they adjust as they manage their own lives. This book is a major contribution to Overseas Chinese studies and to the comparative and theoretical issues that this subject involves. -- Myron L. Cohen, Director, Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University Huang and his team have conducted admirable fieldwork in the community, and they connect their field research to important discussions going on in the fields of both sustainability and globalization. -- Steven Harrell, University of Washington
About Huang Shu-Min
Shu-min Huang is distinguished research fellow and director of the Institute of Ethnology at the Academic Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Golden Triangle and the Yunnan Chinese in Northern Thailand Chapter 2 Posing the Research Problems Chapter 3 Building a Sustainable Rural Livelihood Chapter 4 The Means to Cultural Reproduction: Education, Kinship, and Popular Rituals Chapter 5 Emerging Factionalism, Contested Political Loyalty, and Changing Ethnic Identity Chapter 6 Conclusions