Thursday, September 13, 2007

Joan Wakelin Photographic Bursary -- The China-Tibet sky train

I saw a preview of a very powerful photographic essay today, from the Joan Wakelin Photographic Bursary on the China-Tibet sky train .

A quote from the description of the essay's subject & theme:

The vast majority of passengers on the new line are Han Chinese migrant workers, entrepreneurs and tourists. Rebranding by Beijing has helped turn Tibet into a popular tourist destination. In an attempt to enrich the cultural experience for Chinese tourists, many Tibetan families who live near the line have been forced into rebuilding their houses in an 'authentic' style. Subsidies are available to help pay for the renovations, but most families are now burdened with financial debt.

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