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By Kenneth Michael Bauer

ISBN-10: 0231123914

ISBN-13: 9780231123914

Dolpo is a culturally Tibetan enclave in a single of Nepal's so much distant areas. The Dolpo-pa, or humans of Dolpo, percentage language, non secular and cultural practices, historical past, and a lifestyle. Agro-pastoralists who dwell in a number of the maximum villages on this planet, the Dolpo-pa wrest survival from this inhospitable panorama via an inventive blend of farming, animal husbandry, and exchange.

High Frontiers is an ethnography and ecological background of Dolpo tracing the dramatic alterations within the region's socioeconomic styles. as soon as those investors handed freely among Tibet and Nepal with their caravans of yak to replace salt and grains; they trusted iciness pastures in Tibet to keep up their herds. After 1959, China assumed complete keep an eye on over Tibet and the border was once closed, limiting cattle migrations and sharply curbing alternate. whilst, expanding offers of Indian salt decreased the worth of Tibetan salt, undermining Dolpo's fiscal area of interest. Dolpo's agro-pastoralists have been pressured to reinvent their lives through altering their migration styles, adopting new financial partnerships, and adapting to exterior brokers of swap. The quarter has been reworked due to the production of Nepal's biggest nationwide park, the making of Himalaya, an incredible movie filmed on position, the expanding presence of nongovernmental organisations, and a booming alternate in medicinal items. High Frontiers examines those changes on the neighborhood point and speculates at the way forward for pastoralism during this sector and around the Himalayas.

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From their point of view the amount of rice they eat is so small that it seems inexpensive, even though the price per kilogram is about eight times higher than that in the United States. It is a very noneconomic argument that “makes sense” to the Japanese. Therefore, consumers are willing to buy the two most expensive varieties—koshihikari and sasanishiki. These species are difficult to grow and are always in short supply. To verify whether the willingness to buy expensive rice was confined to the well-to-do, I interviewed a number of Japanese in street cars and public places, purposely targeting those who looked less affluent.

For example, on the ground floor of the commanding TÉshiba Building in the midst of Tokyo are seven elegant Japanese restaurants, two equally exclusive Western restaurants, a large, excellent Chinese restaurant, and a Wendy’s fast food restaurant. Quantitative and Qualitative Values of Rice Amid disparate interpretations of rice and rice agriculture in Japan, scholarly controversy centers on whether rice was in the past a staple food among nonelite segments of Japanese society. These highly divided opinions do share several points of agreement.

As our plane descended to the Narita airport, he pointed to the rice paddies below and said in disgust that the farmers were waiting for land prices to go up so they could sell their land and go off on world tours. He is openly hostile to farmers who are doubly subsidized by the government at the expense of urbanites. Despite this man’s hostility toward farmers and his modern food preferences, he still considers rice to be the source of energy—an important point that I return to in chapter 4.

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