The River Dragon Has Come!: Three Gorges Dam and the Fate of China's Yangtze River and Its People / Edition 1

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Trained as a scientist before becoming an investigative journalist, Dai was imprisoned for criticizing the Chinese government's endorsement of the construction of the Three Gorges Dampotentially the world's biggest hydroelectric project. Now at Harvard, she has compiled 15 essays to illustrate why the project would be an unqualified disaster in terms of "population resettlement and human rights, the irreversible environmental and economic impacts, [and] the loss of cultural antiquities and historical sites." Dai asserts that the dam has no practical value, but the government leadership believes it will demonstrate Chinese dominance and superiority. The essays tend to be redundant, but they do illustrate, first, that the Chinese government is unlikely to back down from its mission and, second, that there exists a small number of well-informed Chinese dissidents. Environmental groups and international political activists would be the primary audience for this rather expensive collection of essays. Recommended for large Chinese collections.Peggy Spitzer Christoff, Oak Park, Ill.
Presents essays and field reports assessing the impact of the Three Gorges dam now under construction at Sandouping in China's Hubei Province, revealing deep-rooted problems with the project that the government is attempting to suppress. Opponents of the dam discuss issues including safety, population resettlement, environment and economic impact, loss of cultural antiquities, military considerations, and lessons learned from dam disasters of the past. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765602060
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/30/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Editors and Contributors
Foreword: The River Dragon Has Come!
1 The Three Gorges Project: A Symbol of Uncontrolled Development in the Late Twentieth Century 3
2 A Profile of Dams in China 18
3 The World's Most Catastrophic Dam Failures: The August 1975 Collapse of the Banqiao and Shimantan Dams 25
4 Discussing Population Resettlement with Li Boning 39
General Plan for Population Resettlement 40
Is Developmental Resettlement Possible? 50
5 The Environmental Impacts of Resettlement in the Three Gorges Project 63
6 What Are the Three Gorges Resettlers Thinking? 70
7 A Survey of Resettlement in Badong County, Hubei Province 90
8 Resettlement in the Xin'an River Power Station Project 104
9 The Danger to Historical Relics and Cultural Antiquities in and around the Three Gorges Area: Interviews with the Director of the National History Museum of China, Yu Weichao 124
10 A Lamentation for the Yellow River: The Three Gate Gorge Dam (Sanmenxia) 143
11 Water Pollution in the Three Gorges Reservoir 160
12 Military Perspectives on the Three Gorges Project 171
Epilogue: The New Golden Triangle of China 177
App. A Acknowledgments from "General Plan for Population Resettlement" 191
App. B Sediment Problems at the Three Gorges Dam 194
App. C The Three Gorges Dam and the Fate of China's Southern Heritage 200
App. D Priority-Level Cultural Antiquities in the Three Gorges Area 211
App. E Archaeological Sites to Be Inundated in 1997 by the Construction of the Three Gorges Dam 212
App. F Letter to Jiang Zemin Concerning Archaeological Sites 214
App. G Major Cities and Sites to Be Affected by the Three Gorges Dam and Reservoir 220
Biographic Glossary 221
Index 229
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