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About elenakayes

The key to understanding exists at the nexus where self-interest and practice meet power and policy; I explore this nexus through participatory field research.

“Seeking Truth From Fact” Part II: Gaoping’s Organic Farm Cooperative

In my last post I described the recent evolution of Gaoping’s peasant-tourism cooperative association. Mainly, how the villagers scaled up from scattered, individual households opening their homes to tourists, to sharing resources and combining services to form the ‘Four Unifications’ … Continue reading

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“Seeking Truth From Fact”: The Relevant Role of Experimental Models in China’s Rural Development

I returned to Suichang last week as an assistant to a professor I met at a conference last summer who hired me as a mentor for a group of US undergrad students she lead on a month-long trip across China. … Continue reading

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Urban-to-Rural Migration: From Business Marketing in Beijing, to Fish Farming in Sichuan?

Rapid urbanization, rural-to-urban migration, social stratification and the environmental consequences of poorly regulated economic growth and resource degradation – including the pollution of air, soil, and water, loss of arable land to development, deforestation, and desertification – are all central concerns facing China, … Continue reading

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In Defense of WWOOF (Worldwide Workers on Organic Farms)

Wwoof, rather than any relation to academia, often elicits images of stinky, broke backpackers, smugly aloof in their rugged ability to brave rural home stays and exchange their labor for room and board while scoffing at the pseudo-culturally-immersed delusions of … Continue reading

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