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  • RegisteredAugust 5, 2016
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Excellent, as all other articles by Jim Goodman you have published. The work is carefully researched in situ, backed by his experiences and study. I have been curious about the Yi from learning about them from books written by other knowledgeable field hands, but Jim's observations about the Nuosu are perhaps unique and enlightening. His neutral, non-judgmental point of view and objective notes make the contributions all the more valuable. Thanks for publishing the article and thanks to Mr. Goodman for sharing his knowledge of a life dedicated to firsthand study of the people of Yunnan, Southwest China and the surrounding areas and countries.

It seems this group of families lives in a remote enclave. I can understand that some of them prefer to stay in their ancestral homes where they grew up, where they spent their whole lives and where their loved ones were buried, especially people such as the lady who is over 100 years old and probably their relatives, who would hesitate taking her away from her place.

Still is commendable that their government would go to all the trouble of building new towns, schools, roads, tunnels, provides electricity and gives them a yearly stipend, considering that those small remote communities don't contribute taxes or integrate that much. In addition, that after all the trouble and investment, they would be allowed the choice of staying or moving.

I have seen and met many people relocated in different places in China, who did so happily and were thankful for the opportunities afforded to them and to their kids to live in houses they could have only dreamed of someday having. I wish more governments in this world would show such care and consideration for 'little' people who perhaps have contributed little to their government. I am sure many of the millions of homeless people from California to the fabelas of Rio, to Africa and the middle-east would be equally happy if their governments would provide such opportunities, whether they decide to take them or not.

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