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Tea Production, Land Use Politics, and Ethnic Minorities

Struggling over Dilemmas in China's Southwest Frontier

Authors: Hung, Po-Yi

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In this book, Po-Yi Hung uses tea production as a lens to investigate the tension between nature and society under the market economy in frontier China. By focusing on the landscape of the 'ancient tea forest' (guchalin), this book aims to understand the interactions among tea trees, entrepreneurs, the state, and the Bulang, an ethnic minority population. Intensive ethnographic research conducted by the author examines local Bulang villagers' everyday lives as entrepreneurs in the market economy at a time of changing moralities and cultural renovations. The author explores the dilemmas that arise in this unique region between tradition and modernity, territorial margin and connected space, and nature and development.

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Po-Yi Hung is Assistant Professor of Geography at National Taiwan University. His research focuses on nature-society relations, food, and agriculture in China, Taiwan, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.

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“Hung is to be applauded for including 25 photos in the book … . the insights about the villagers’ adoption of discourses of suzhi, their sense of a contradiction between modernity and science, and their relationships with the merchants from outside make this an interesting and valuable book. Beyond the small audience of scholars who work on Yunnan, it will be significant to those who study the interaction between global commodity markets and rural communities in developing countries.” (Joseph Lawson, Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 37 (1), February, 2017)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Tea Production and Dilemmas on China’s Southwest Frontier

    Pages 3-34

    Hung, Po-Yi

  • Property: Changes in the Ownership of the Ancient Tea Trees in Mangjing

    Pages 37-70

    Hung, Po-Yi

  • Quality: Suzhi and the Tea Entrepreneurs’ New Standards of Production for Ancient Tree Tea in Mangjing

    Pages 73-93

    Hung, Po-Yi

  • Hierarchy: Tea Production and the Changing Social Order among Bulang Villagers in Mangjing

    Pages 95-113

    Hung, Po-Yi

  • Landscape: Restoration of the Missing Ancient Tea Forest in Mangjing

    Pages 117-132

    Hung, Po-Yi

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tea Production, Land Use Politics, and Ethnic Minorities
Book Subtitle
Struggling over Dilemmas in China's Southwest Frontier
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49408-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137494085
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49407-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 205
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