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Kueichou: An Internal Chinese Colony

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Since the dramatic westward migration which has accompanied the Sino-Japanese war the tone of reports has greatly changed, and Kueichou is now reported to be a storehouse of wealth waiting only for the magic stimulus of improved communications. In spite of these hopes for the future, the people of Kueichou today are distressingly poor. It is clear that in historical function Kueichou, like some of the other southwestern provinces, has been an internal colonial zone for some 2,000 years for the spread of the Chinese from North China. As a colonial province, never fully assimilated into the body of the dominant cultural group, it has for this long period been exploited economically as a colony. Kueichou needs a forward looking readjustment of land control, regardless of whether land is owned by tribes-people or Chinese ownership. The provincial economy requires a lively and thoroughgoing program of research into crop possibilities.

Keywords: crop; cultural group; internal colonial zone; Kueichou; North China; provincial economy; tribes



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