Borderline Gardening: Sino-Mongolian Relations and the Construction of Extractive Enclaves with Horticultural Characteristics

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Based on ethnographic fieldwork among Chinese nationals working in Mongolia, this research note explores various forms of gardening that unfolded as side-projects at sites where Chinese enterprises were engaged in the extraction of oil, zinc and fluorspar. At first, the organisation and activities of these Chinese operations appeared to stem from a penchant for walled compounds and gardening. However, on closer inspection, the horticultural enclaves were not really a unilateral imposition of a culturally determined aesthetics, but rather the outcome of a negotiation, informed by prevailing ethnic stereotypes, of the proper form a Chinese presence could assume in Mongolia
Original languageEnglish
JournalCopenhagen Journal of Asian Studies
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)99-112
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2021

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