Lhamo Tsering is a young Tibetan woman who lives in a village with her family in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Dechen. In 2003 I did anthropological research for my master’s thesis and Lhamo and her family graciously offered me to live with them. I stayed with them for seven months.
Most village houses have electricity for lighting, but…
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We’ve got a wonderful new contributor at Virtual China — Kathrine Hoersted, Danish social anthropologist. Kathrine is going to be exploring non-Han (something like 90% of mainland China identifies as belonging to the Han group) Chinese virtual places and spaces. Think Tibetan, Mongolian, Uighur, Naxi, and more. We’re trying to map out where non-Han online activity and expression shows up, and how much of it…
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Get a sense of the thriving art scene in Lijiang, Yunnan Province (like Dali, Lijiang is a home-away-from-home for China’s elite artists, from film-makers and painters to sculptors and writers).
Lijiang Studio provides living space, working space, and facilitation
for international, Chinese, and local artists in two locations: one
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The May Day vacation has apparently succeeded in spurring Chinese consumers onward and upward. This Sichuan water park has 20,000 revelers. As one Netease commentator asks: is it vacation or is it misery?
Link for more photos of May Day vacation crowds.
In the spirit of May Day travels, a dedicated Netease poster has a treasure trove for railroad architecture enthusiasts: dozens of Chinese stations. The one above is from Kunming, the capital of southwestern Yunnan province. One of my favorites.
The post has been viewed over 670,000 times since May 1, and has over 1600 comments.
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China is in an uproar for the next week as millions take off for vacations or visits home during the national weeklong May Day holiday. Online, vacationers are:
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