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Today at the beginning of the 21st century, the tsunami of globalization is surging over paddy fields into the Kam villages. Cultural foundations are being tested to the limit. Like all other Kam villages everywhere, over the last decade Xiangye has lost most of its able-bodied young men and many of its young women to city jobs far away from home. The lives of the villagers of Xiangye in the 1930s and 1940s were not as primitive as those of the women on Shouting Hill, nor as confined as the life of Obasanjo in prison, and not quite as dangerous as those of Londoners during the Blitz, but the general feeling of wellbeing in Xiangye as well as in these other situations was perhaps an outcome of the community spirit born of the collective will to overcome adversity.

Keywords: Kam village; Xiangye



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