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In May 2014, the AIA Housing Knowledge Community is sponsoring a program in Yunnan Province, China to explore the opportunities and challenges to sustainable housing and community design and development. Anthropologist Beth Notar will be presenting the historical and cultural context for the program in Yunnan. Chair of the Anthropology Department at Trinity College in Hartford, CT and author of Displacing Desire: Travel and Popular Culture in China (2006), Notar has done considerable research in Yunnan Province and will provide a captivating introduction to this ethnically, culturally, and biologically diverse southwestern corner of China.
- Have a richer understanding of the historical context of Yunnan Province and how it has affected its development
- Have a richer understanding of the ethnic diversity of Yunnan Province
- Understand how ethnic minority groups in Yunnan Province have influenced development of the region
- Be better prepared to examine and understand the sustainability challenges to housing and community design in Yunnan Province during the program in May.
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Beth E. Notar is an anthropologist, focused on the intersection of the cultural and the material, with an emphasis on the relationship between representations in popular culture, tourism, and transformations of place in southwest China. After graduating with a degree in Chinese Studies from Wellesley College, Notar spent three years in China and Taiwan studying Mandarin and Chinese economy and history. She became fascinated with the astonishing changes of China’s reform era and decided to pursue research there, returning to the U.S. for theoretical and methodological training in Chinese Studies (M.A.) and Anthropology (M.A., Ph.D.) at the University of Michigan.