Posted by: Jason | December 15, 2009


The Chinese don’t call the river Yangtze – here, it’s the Changjiang.  We boarded at Chongqing and rode the Changjiang all the way through the gorges and to the dam, which is the length of the new reservoir created by the Three Gorges Project.  With one exception (which deserves a separate post), it wasn’t a straightforward academic activity in the same way our other meetings and discussions have been.  Rather, it was a chance to make the Yangtze management policies feel more concrete – to reinforce the readings, speakers and discussions with kilometers and kilometers and kilometers of water.  Professor Troy described the trip as three days of Stendhal Syndrome – so much exposure to beauty that your mind loses the ability to process it. 



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