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ANTHROPOLOGY AND CHINA
Studies in Asian Tourism No.
by Tan Chee-Beng, S.C.H. Cheung & Yang Hui (Eds)
Book order code : E 22 231
Tourism, Anthropology and China brings together papers presented at
the International Conference on Anthropology, Tourism and Chinese Society
held at Yunnan University in 1999 (29.9 to 1.10), the brainchild of
the late Professor Wang Zhusheng, to whom this volume is dedicated.
The papers presented at the conference-the first of its kind cover the
theoretical and comparative perspectives of tourism and anthropology
in China, Southeast Asia and East Asia, and then deal with ethnic tourism
in Yunnan-Mosuo, Stone Forest, Lijiang and Man-chun-man village. The
section on Tourism, Development and Identity deals with more complex
issues such as influences of "Ethnic Tourism and Tourees"
on developing China and Mao tourism of Shashan, while Tourism and Conservation
includes Hong Kong, Macao, the old city of Quanshou in Fukian, and Lijian.
An appendix gives the contents of the Chinese Language Volume: Tourism,
Anthropology and China
(Kunming: Yunnan University Press, 2001).
(Bangkok 2001) ISBN 974-7534-62-2
348 pp., illus., partly in col., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.
Beyond the Beach: An Ethnography of Modern
Travellers in Asia.
Studies in Asian Tourism No. 2
by Westerhausen, Klaus
Book order code : E 22
Beyond the Beach examines drifter-style tourism, a sanitized and institutionalized
tourism alternative, in Asia. Over the last thirty years drifter tourism
has developed its own myth and spawned a mobile subculture of Western
travellers. The study seeks to illustrate the historical background,
nature and ideology of present-day travellers in Asia and to present
an "insiders view" of the subculture based on more than sixty
in-depth interviews conducted in the field. The impact of those travellers
on destinations in Asia is documented by chronicling the fate of the
islands Koh Samui and Koh Phangan in Southern Thailand. Those islands,
at one stage or another, were some of the largest travel centers in
Southeast Asia and subsequently achieved Hollywood fame through Alex
Garland's popular novel The Beach. However, even without Hollywood,
Asia's travel subculture is worth paying attention to. With rapidly
increasing numbers of travellers, it now represents a viable market
in its own right, one that fits in well with an ecologically sustainable
tourism product. However, development of this tourism alternative is
frequently being undermined by unsustainable growth due to a lack of
planning and by the destruction of its destination sites by other tourism
sectors. Experience shows that without advance strategies for their
development, many of those sites tend to develop either in an unsustainable
manner or become the target of "hostile takeovers" by outside
operators and competing tourism sectors. This state of affairs has been
instrumental in condemning travellers to remain always just one step
ahead of conventional mass tourism.
(Bangkok 2002) ISBN 974-4800-09-7
280 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.
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