Village Government Recalls Book on Official Village History

In 2008, the Xian village government published a 474 page book on the history of Xian Village, its urban environment, political structure, economic activity and culture. The book is fascinating because it ties Xian Village’s modern urban development into the broader narrative  of its 800 years of history. The book has photos of farmland before the village’s development, lineage histories, plans of lineage halls, descriptions of public spaces, and an official account of the area’s  devlopment since the 1980s.

In 2008, the village government sold copies for 50 RMB. In 2010, amidst intense controversy over development plans that will raze the entire village, the government offered 2000 RMB for each copy handed back to the administration. A dissident villager named Mrs. Xian lent the book to me, saying, “I will never give it back to them.”  I had the book scanned. To download a pdf of the book in its entirety click this link: 冼村村志: The Xian Village Village Record.

 

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One thought on “Village Government Recalls Book on Official Village History

  1. Evelyn says:

    Amazing job

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