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Village Acupuncture

Andrew Stokols
<p class="dropcap">On a bamboo-covered mountaintop the mud-walled houses of Diaotan village are just barely visible through the thick fog that often shrouds this remote hamlet in China’s Zhejiang province. Worn but sturdy earthen...

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A Map of China’s Back-to-the-Land Efforts

Leah Thompson
<p>In our short film “<a href="" target="_blank">Down to the Countryside</a>,” Sun Yunfan and I follow Ou Ning, an artist and curator who...

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Moving House: Preserving Huizhou’s Vernacular Architecture

Leah Thompson & Sun Yunfan
<p>In 1996, art historian Nancy Berliner, working with the Peabody Essex Museum, purchased a vacant Qing dynasty merchant’s house from the Huizhou region of China and, piece by piece, moved it to the United States to be meticulously...

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There Goes the Neighborhood

Sun Yunfan & Leah Thompson
<p>When, in 1996, art historian Nancy Berliner purchased a late Qing dynasty merchants’ house from Huangcun, a village in Anhui province, it was just one ordinary house among thousands like it in the picturesque Huizhou region of China. It...

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Appalachia Comes to Anhui

Leah Thompson
<p>This past fall, my colleague <a href="" target="_blank">Sun Yunfan</a> and I were preparing to bring <a href="

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Unlikely Harvest

Leah Thompson
<p>A little over month ago, I found myself traveling to rural Anhui province. <a href="" target="_blank">Coal+Ice</a>, the documentary photography exhibition I had...

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From Protester to Village Head

Zhang Jieping
<p><em>In September 2011, residents of the village of Wukan in Guangdong province began protesting the illegal seizure and sale of their land by local Party cadres. The protestors demanded fair compensation for the land that had been...

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What Wukan Means

Ou Ning
<p>It began, in the early stages, as a secret mobilization. Then came the protests, marches of ever-larger numbers, direct confrontation, occupations, blockades, anarchy, media exposure, a case of accidental death, the involvement of higher...