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Jeeping against Maoism

Jeeping against Maoism Harrell story of the trip, told straight through, without any analysis, without any footnotes or references to scholarship;and an analysis o what I learnedfiom the trip, f showing how what we did and talked about during the junket can help us understand the construction of nation in reform -era China. The Trip T h e trip had been planned for a long time, and now we were having our sendoff banquet in the cadres’ dining room of Yanyuan County, cold even at noon in the unheated high-mountain air, despite the slanting sunshine and the fire of the peppers in the dipping sauce. With twenty-some cadres and drivers from Yanyuan and a few more from Muli, deeper in the mountains to the north, my collaborator Vusa and I would be visiting the fabled Lugu Lake. Its mirror-bright, 2,600 m.-high surface reflects the Lion Mountain, granite-clad goddess of the Mosuo people, who inhabit the “Kingdom of Women” that straddles the Sichuan-Yunnan border here in the vertical terrain where cultural China meets cultural Tibet. Suggestive remarks about these “loose” matrilineal people punctuated the usual dull questions about why America was more advanced than China and how come I spoke Chinese and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png positions asia critique Duke University Press

Jeeping against Maoism

positions asia critique , Volume 3 (3) – Dec 1, 1995

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 1995 by Duke University Press
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1067-9847
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1527-8271
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10.1215/10679847-3-3-728
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Harrell story of the trip, told straight through, without any analysis, without any footnotes or references to scholarship;and an analysis o what I learnedfiom the trip, f showing how what we did and talked about during the junket can help us understand the construction of nation in reform -era China. The Trip T h e trip had been planned for a long time, and now we were having our sendoff banquet in the cadres’ dining room of Yanyuan County, cold even at noon in the unheated high-mountain air, despite the slanting sunshine and the fire of the peppers in the dipping sauce. With twenty-some cadres and drivers from Yanyuan and a few more from Muli, deeper in the mountains to the north, my collaborator Vusa and I would be visiting the fabled Lugu Lake. Its mirror-bright, 2,600 m.-high surface reflects the Lion Mountain, granite-clad goddess of the Mosuo people, who inhabit the “Kingdom of Women” that straddles the Sichuan-Yunnan border here in the vertical terrain where cultural China meets cultural Tibet. Suggestive remarks about these “loose” matrilineal people punctuated the usual dull questions about why America was more advanced than China and how come I spoke Chinese and

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Published: Dec 1, 1995

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