Village Life in Old China: A Community Study of Kao Yao, Yunnan

Village Life in Old China: A Community Study of Kao Yao, Yunnan

Village Life in Old China: A Community Study of Kao Yao, Yunnan

Village Life in Old China: A Community Study of Kao Yao, Yunnan

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This description of life in a Y ünnan village is offered with some sadness and more humility since it presents the results of a disrupted period of research. The work was undertaken in southwestern China in 1938, a year during which that country was being invaded. Even for a young man whose ethnographic experience had then been limited only to non-literate people in the Far North, it would have been possible to accomplish significantly more had a longer period of time been available. Originally, in recognition of its incompleteness, the record of this scientific adventure was put aside with the hope that it would be possible to return and complete it. During a quarter of a century, that hope changed to dream, and the dream became vain. Now, were it possible to go back to the village, it would be useless insofar as one might expect to participate in the life of the people as it existed then. Even in 1938, the community presented an aspect of the traditional culture that was fast disappearing from China. Therefore, we invite indulgence for this attempt to save something of the excitement and the beauty of what now has gone.

CORNELIUS OSGOOD

Yale University September, 1963 . . .

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