Up The Yangtze

| June 27, 2010 | 4 Comments
uptheyangtze Up The Yangtze

The human cost behind the Three Gorges Dam project

The cultural origins of southern China are deeply rooted in the Yangtze River—and it has long been the backbone of China. The Yangtze, or Chang Jiang (literally “The Long River”), is the longest river in Asia—and the third-longest in the world. But the Yangtze—and all of the life that surrounds it—has undergone a truly astonishing transformation wrought by the largest hydroelectric project in history—the Three Gorges Dam.

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Up The Yangtze

In Up the Yangtze, Canadian documentary filmmaker Yung Chang returns to the gorgeous landscape of his grandfather’s youth to trace the surreal life aboard a ‘farewell cruise’. Just a few minutes in and Chang’s film began to resonate with me. Back in 2002, I too had the opportunity to travel on one of the farewell tours up the Yangtze, and was able to witness the past as it disappeared into the future. My three-day cruise was indescrib