Dragons in Diamond Village: And Other Tales from the Back Alleys of Urbanising China

Dragons in Diamond Village And Other Tales from the Back Alleys of Urbanising China In on the outskirts of the southern metropolis of Guangzhou Xian villagers secretly prepared for the Dragon Boat Festival For them the commemoration of the BC poet Qu Yuan who threw himse

In 2009, on the outskirts of the southern metropolis of Guangzhou, Xian villagers secretly prepared for the Dragon Boat Festival For them, the commemoration of the 221 BC poet Qu Yuan, who threw himself into a river to protest official corruption, held particular resonance.Guangzhou s drive to become a National Model City ahead of the 2010 Asia Games accelerated a voracIn 2009, on the outskirts of the southern metropolis of Guangzhou, Xian villagers secretly prepared for the Dragon Boat Festival For them, the commemoration of the 221 BC poet Qu Yuan, who threw himself into a river to protest official corruption, held particular resonance.Guangzhou s drive to become a National Model City ahead of the 2010 Asia Games accelerated a voracious demand for land, turning the ground beneath the villagers feet into a commodity as valuable as diamonds, a treasure too rich for local officials to ignore.Dragons in Diamond Village is about the courage of individuals Huang Minpeng, a semi literate farmer turned self taught rights defender He Jieling, a suburban housewife who just wanted to open a hair salon Xian villagers like Lu Zhaohui who refuse to give up the land their families have cultivated for generations Theirs is a community bound by shared history and a belief in the necessity of change, a band of unlikely activists fighting for their place in China s new cities A beautifully written account of how China s traditional rural past is meeting and struggling with its urbanising present Via deftly told tales of China s little known urban villages, Bandurski expertly guides readers through a mostly overlooked landscape and modern history Adam Minter, author of Junkyard Planet David Bandurski is a modern day Marco Polo taking us into the heart of new China Kevin Sites, author of

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  1. David Bandurski is an award winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other publications He received a Human Rights Press Award in 2008 for an investigative piece on China s use of professional associations to enforce Internet censorship guidelines Currently analyst and editor at the China Media Project, a research program at the University of Hong Kong s Journalism Media Studies Centre, he also produces Chinese independent films and documentaries through his production company, Lantern Films He is the author of Dragons in Diamond Village 2015.

211 Reply to “Dragons in Diamond Village: And Other Tales from the Back Alleys of Urbanising China”

  1. People well, at least the people who follow me on , who are usually around my 19 years of age who have no emotional or other ties to China might find this book a little boring I mean, land rights, business deals, the inability of many Western readers to distinguish one Asian name from another but for those who are willing to sit down and read it closely, it is a worthwhile and enlightening book detailing one aspect of China s socioeconomic turmoil There is a lot of pain in here for people to sus [...]



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