To the Diamond Mountains: A Hundred-Year Journey through by Tessa Morris-Suzuki
By Tessa Morris-Suzuki
This compelling and interesting ebook takes readers on a different trip via China and North and South Korea. Tessa Morris-Suzuki travels from Harbin within the north to Busan within the south, and directly to the mysterious Diamond Mountains, which lie on the middle of the Korean Peninsula's drawback. As she follows within the footsteps of a amazing author, artist, and feminist who traced the direction a century ago—in the yr whilst Korea turned a jap colony—her saga finds an unseen face of China and the 2 Koreas: a global of priests, missionaries, and smugglers; of royal tombs and socialist mausoleums; a global the place today's ideological confrontations are infused with fantasy and memory.
Northeast Asia is poised at a second of profound switch because the upward thrust of China is reworking the worldwide order and tensions run excessive at the Korean Peninsula, the final chilly struggle divide. Probing the deep earlier of this zone, To the Diamond Mountains bargains a brand new and unforeseen standpoint on its current and destiny.
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This compelling and fascinating ebook takes readers on a different trip via China and North and South Korea. Tessa Morris-Suzuki travels from Harbin within the north to Busan within the south, and directly to the mysterious Diamond Mountains, which lie on the middle of the Korean Peninsula's obstacle. As she follows within the footsteps of a outstanding author, artist, and feminist who traced the course a century ago—in the 12 months while Korea grew to become a eastern colony—her saga unearths an unseen face of China and the 2 Koreas: a global of clergymen, missionaries, and smugglers; of royal tombs and socialist mausoleums; an international the place today's ideological confrontations are infused with delusion and reminiscence.
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1911 11 12 ETHNOGRAPHIC PLAGUE Did this tragic coincidence then finally establish the microscope as a truth-teller, an indispensible identifier of plague? Lei seems not convinced that such laboratory transformation of plague actually took place on the ground. 58 The reason for this was not only pragmatic but also epistemological. Doubts about the ability of the microscope to ascertain the cause of disease haunted plague research in the course of the pandemic and, as we will see in the fifth chapter of this book, led Wu Liande himself to controversial conclusions.
136 Whereas one may be tempted to place emphasis on the affirmative, dialogical aspect of this valorisation of ‘native traditions’, Leach and Hewlett alert us towards a more critical perspective. 137 The two anthropologists are mainly concerned with the policy implications of this narrative on native culture. Yet they also offer an epistemological reading critical of INTRODUCTION 25 the operation of translating non-Western rationalities, social relations, and institutions into ‘cultural models’ compatible with and profitable to biomedical understandings of public health.
In other words, they appear not to have originated (at least in the short term) from the Yunnan sylvatic reservoir of the bacillus, believed to be the source of the third pandemic. And yet, at the time, these outbreaks were perceived and treated as part of the pandemic in its lethal course across the globe. Hence from a political and social as well as epistemological perspective they were indeed part of the third plague pandemic. As a result, plague-related knowledge and epidemiological INTRODUCTION 29 reasoning produced in the course of these local and regional outbreaks formed part of what we may call third plague pandemic epistemology and should be treated as an unalienable part of it.