Posted by: Jason | December 18, 2009

El Folkenfiende

If I can back up a few days, I want to write about a great experience we had on the final evening of our Yangtze cruise.  Before we left Wisconsin, Professor Troy, who is part of Lawrence’s theater and performing arts department, asked us to read Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People.  It’s a play about a small town in Norway, but for the purposes of our trip, it’s also a play with broad, interesting implications for China’s relationship with the environment.  Last Sunday night, we reserved the ship’s library to discuss the play, and it was an excellecent, educational experience.

The challenges China faces – economic development, environmental sustainability, urbanization – aren’t altogether different than the challenges in Norway in 1888 or in the United States during industrialization.  China’s population and economic size make the problems internationally conspicuous, but the challenge of balancing short term self-interest with long-term collective good is a universal one.



  1. Ok, I don’t know the gender of fiende off the top of my head, but I do know it’s not Spanish masculine. Should be either En or Et.

  2. (Ok, looked it up – it’s En.)

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