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Road flanking Lugu Lake, Yunnan, China. Lugu Lake is set within a beautiful landscape, and is home to several peoples of distinct cultural heritage (Yunnan has the greatest concentration of 'ethnic minorities' within China). When I was there in 2006, there was a palpable sense of rapid development, geared towards domestic tourism, which appeared to be accelerating an ongoing, historic erosion of cultural identities within the region. (See my photograph entitled Lugu Lake). In my imagination, this lone tree, surrounded by the road and eroded soil, somehow represents what I hope to be the continued resilience and vibrancy of those local cultures which seemed to be considerably besieged by these changes.

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