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LRCCS Noon Lecture Series | Doing Good by Doing Well?: Tibetan Youth Entrepreneurship in Contemporary China

Emily Ting Yeh, Professor of Geography, University of Colorado Boulder
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
12:00-1:00 PM
Room 110 Weiser Hall Map
In the first decade of the new millennium, many educated and ambitious young Tibetans aspired to work in NGOs to promote community development, cultural preservation, and environmental protection. A decade later, the figure of the entrepreneur has replaced the figure of the NGO-worker, and hopes and dreams are now pinned on the private sector. This talk asks why this has come to be, and explores the practices and cultural politics of Tibetan youth entrepreneurship.

Emily T. Yeh is Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado Boulder. She researches development and nature-society relations, particularly in Tibetan parts of the PRC. This has included studies of the political ecology of pastoralism, vulnerability to and indigenous knowledge of climate change, ideologies of nature and nation, and emerging environmental identities and grassroots environmental activism. Her book "Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development" explored the intersection of the political economy and cultural politics of development as a project of state territorialization. She has also co-edited a number of books and special issues including "Mapping Shangrila: Contested Landscapes in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands," "The Geoeconomics and Geopolitics of Development and Investment in Asia," and "Rural Politics in Contemporary China."

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this event, please reach out to us at least 2 weeks in advance of this event. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, Chinese Studies, Tibet
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures