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Background, Chongqing, Hohhot, Xi'an

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Recently, Oriental Outlook, a Chinese news weekly, published excerpts from three chapters of our book: on Mr Deng in his floating village in Chongqing, on the residential compound in Xi’an, and on ethnic culture in Hohhot. Several Chinese news portals spread the stories. An excerpt of our story on Xi’an was published on amongst others Sohu, one of the biggest news portals in China, 565, a popular BBS on international news; and on the news portals dooland and FGS. News portal JSBBS published an excerpt of our chapter on Hohhot.

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China’s ethnic Mongolians hang on to identity by a thread – Mcclatchy

Background, Hohhot

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Tim Johnson, Mcclatchy Newspapers – Thu Nov 13, 4:36 pm ET

HOHHOT, China — As the capital of a sprawling frontier region that was once in Mongol leader Genghis Khan’s vast domain, Hohhot has many ethnic Mongol flourishes. Streets signs are in Mongolian, yurt-themed architecture graces the city and some park benches have a Mongol saddle motif. At least one television channel airs in the Mongolian language.
There’s only one thing in short supply: ethnic Mongolians.

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Horsehead fiddle player Chingel

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Yesterday, we did interviews with two famous horsehead fiddle players in Hohhot, called Chingel and Chi Bulag. They explained us the development of their local music in the region. Qing Gele did a small kitchen concerto for us:  Horsehead fiddle player Qing Gele (Go West Project) on Vimeo.

The evening ended with a traditional Mongolian dinner with deer, sheep and goat meat and…bajiao.

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Running into an old friend

Hohhot

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Old friend

While exploring the streets of Hohhot, we ran into an old friend we know from the streets of Shanghai. This building (or at least its crown) is also used in the Dutch Expo pavillion. However, the architect of this new tower in Hohhot used the example again.

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Best wishes from Hohhot

Hohhot

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Hohhot

Look at this: our first encounter with the city of Hohhot (Huhehaote), the capital of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. More about our experiences, especially on the multi cultural aspect  of this city, later this week!

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preparing trips to Hohhot & Shijiazhuang

Background, Hohhot, Shijiazhuang

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Hohhot city centre

Next week we will visit Hohhot (Inner Mongolia) followed by Shijiazhuang (Hebei) the week after.

In Hohhot we will focus on the multicultural aspects of the city. Main research questions are:

– which different groups are living in the city?
– how do get along?
– do they have different places in the city where they live?
– is this a negative thing (getto’s) or a positive thing?
– in which way are the different cultures represented in the city’s architecture?

In Shijiazhuang we will make a report about relocation areas: the housing projects where people will move when their houses are torn down. What do people think of  their relocation? Are they happy with their new house? How do they see their future?

Do you live in Hohhot or Shijiazhuang and do you want to share your thoughts? Do you have suggestions about these subjects, or the places to visit, contact us: info@gowestproject.com or call Daan: +86.13.81.73.42.801

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