Polluted and polluting

Polluted and polluting: a view from the borderland

Ngoc Thi Vuong

This Ph.D. research focuses on studying the social-cultural life of the Nung ethnicity living in the border provinces of Vietnam and China. Ranking 7th in population among other ethnicities in Vietnam, the Nung have not received much attention from scholars domestically as well as internationally. The recent opening-up between Vietnam and China has led to profound changes in the life of Nung people living at the border of Vietnam. Improvement of living standards goes hand in hand with intense changes in cultural practices and social relationships. This research thus aims at exploring the trends of cultural development and ethnic affiliations of the Nung especially in the context of their close relationship with Zhuang nationality in China.

Research site chosen is Lang Son province, where 31% of the Nung population lives.