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1920s China through the lens of Joseph Rock: Dali

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:35:00 +0800

"The San t'ah or three pagodas The small pagodas are seven-sided, about 7 feet wide on every side."

Fading tattooed faces: Portraits from China's Dulong Valley

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:55:00 +0800

The Dulong people (独龙族) of far northwest Yunnan are one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by the Chinese government. They are also one of the least researched of the country's minorities and today have a tiny population of fewer than 10,000 individuals. There are, however, mentions of them in court documents dating back to the time of the Tang Dynasty.

Editorial: Hydro expansion will fail without energy market reform

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:50:00 +0800

The following article was originally published on website chinadialogue, and discusses the current concerns and problems facing Yunnan, and China, in terms of the hydropower industry. The piece is reposted here in its entirety.

1920s China through the lens of Joseph Rock: Simao

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:35:00 +0800

For the next few weeks GoKunming will publish a series of articles featuring photography by Joseph Francis Charles Rock, the Austrian-American author, geographer, linguist and botanist who explored western China extensively in the 1920s and 30s. We'll begin in southern Yunnan and then make our way north and then west, seeing what caught Rock's fancy as he moved through the countryside.

Around Town: Finding solitude in the middle of the city

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:00:00 +0800

An article published recently by Yunnan Net claims that the Spring City has 10.2 square meters of 'public green space' for every single one of its inhabitants. Is this a lot or a little? The number seemed small. I tried to imagine several million people all occupying their own bedroom-sized patches of grass, failing miserably.

Interview: Tracking Kunming's trash with Adam Liebman

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 06:10:00 +0800

Adam Liebman is a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology at the University of California, Davis. From 2013 to 2015 he conducted research in Kunming in support of his doctoral dissertation, which is concerned primarily with something we all tend to spend too little time contemplating — garbage.

Rural Yunnan township takes flak for alcohol ban

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 10:35:00 +0800

The government of a small and remote Yunnan hamlet has come under fire this week as an internal memo purportedly banning the consumption of alcohol circulated on Chinese social media. Reactions to the prohibition issued in the Dulong River Valley have been swift and denunciatory, causing local officials to vacillate but not formally withdraw the law.

Saying goodbye to old friends: The ballad of Cas and John

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 07:10:00 +0800

If you've lived in Kunming at any point over the past decade, you've probably met them. They are pillars of the city's live music community, a gregarious and fun-loving couple susceptible to hanging out with people half their age and having a blast while doing it. They are Cas and John. And after a glorious 12-year run of Spring City madness, they are leaving. And that sucks.

Recipe: Frogs carrying slate stones

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 06:00:00 +0800

Fresh fava beans are on everyone's dinner table in Yunnan and other southern provinces in China from January to March, but they are seldom used for cooking in northern China. A few years ago I found them at a farmers' market in Santa Monica, California, only slightly longer than the ones back home in Yunnan.

Yunnan authorities discover girl who spent five years tied to wall

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:05:00 +0800

An incredibly sad story emerged out of western Yunnan this week, as health department officials announced they have discovered a small girl who has been tied to a wall for long periods of her short life. She has been taken into state custody, as doctors work to diagnose the source of her mental condition and social workers begin to piece together a fuller understanding of her family situation.