Breaking Out of the Poverty Trap - Case Studies from the Tibetan Plateau in Yunnan, Qinghai and Gansu

Breaking Out of the Poverty Trap - Case Studies from the Tibetan Plateau in Yunnan, Qinghai and Gansu

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 1938134079

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This book provides unique insights into the challenges and potential solutions to alleviate poverty in western China. Many people are interested in China's economic and social development; the development of Tibet is an important part of this narrative. Unlike big cities in the east of China, Tibet is still underdeveloped, with severe poverty, relatively poor communications, poor infrastructure, transport links, and limited social services. Using deep and well-researched analyses, learned Chinese scholars share their policy insights, experience and knowledge of the underlying causes and potential solutions to this underdevelopment and poverty. The reader is also provided with firsthand accounts of different people in Tibet, ranging from local government officials to poverty-stricken herdsmen. This book gets at the heart of problems faced by ordinary Tibetans, such as dealing with impacts of natural disasters, lack of education, managing ecological resettlement, and trying to prevent the transmission of intergenerational poverty. Looking at these issues from a theoretical, policy, government and practical perspective, Breaking Out of the Poverty Trap - Case Studies from the Tibetan Plateau in Yunnan, Qinghai and Gansu covers the full range of issues in the development of the Tibetan Plateau.

Readership: Undergraduates, graduates, academics and professionals interested in poverty alleviation and the social, cultural and economic development of Tibet, as well as the general public.

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opportunities. In addition to migrant work, another source of cash income for the farmers and herders is the collection of caterpillar fungus, fritillary, matsutake and wild mushrooms. In regions that are rich in undergrowth, during the harvest season almost all households collect matsutake in the surrounding mountains. Young men would often carry their own clothes, possessions and sufficient dry food in order to collect the fungus in the more remote mountains. In these regions, collection of the

long-term investment in the material and institutional infrastructure in the regions involved. Additionally, they should help the herdsmen adapt to an industrialized and urbanized socioeconomic environment. b1510_FM.indd xiii 4/11/2013 4:00:35 PM b1510 xiv How to Get Out of the Poverty Trap b1510_FM 11 April 2013 4:11 PM Wang Luolin and Zhu Ling Moreover, it is also necessary to develop social undertakings in public health, education, training and cultural information by aiming

fungus in May and June and make a lot of money, so they can afford to buy from us.” Author (beginning to understand their rationale): “I’m assuming you were not aware of this place at the very beginning, were you?” Shopkeeper: “We were introduced to it by our relatives.” Author: “Your relatives? Where are they now?” Shopkeeper (thinking that we might not have understood what she was talking about, she gave a fuller explanation): “Our relatives are in Xining and when we were at home, they told us

are as yet unable to watch the local news in the same way as they are able to see satellite TV programs. 2. Radio and TV: Primary means for farmers and herdsmen to access various information and knowledge A noticeable difference between a modern open society and those societies that are less open lies in how fast information and knowledge can spread and how easily accessible they are. In a modern open society, a variety of information can spread quickly through various channels. Moreover, from

“Report on the Undertaking of Broadcast Television in the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan”, 2007. 6 Most of the TV sets in rural households of new migrant villages where the author visited are gifts from relevant departments of the central and provincial governments. 7 Refer to the mimeograph version of the “Report on the Management of Broadcast Television and the Cultural Industry in Yushu County”, 2007. b1510_Ch-09.indd 173 4/11/2013 3:56:02 PM b1510 How to Get Out of the

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