Alessandro Rippa is an anthropologist working on infrastructure development and cross-border trade in Yunnan and Xinjiang. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is part of the China Made project funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. He is one of the editors of the Routledge Handbook of Asian Borderlands (Routledge 2018).
Tengchong, Yunnan province, August 2017. The sound of bulldozers. Dry, white dust is suspended in the stuffy summer air. The old town is a patchwork of ruins. A single, lone house resists amid all the destruction. By its entrance an ominous inscription, painted in black on a piece of blue tin: ‘People living inside, one […]