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The Emperor Far Away Travels at the Edge of China by David Eimer

The Emperor Far Away Travels at the Edge of China


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A record of David Eimer’s travels in the Chinese regions distant from the influence of Beijing and the Han Chinese majority. Daivd Eimer reveals a very different China with ethnic groups such as the Turkic Uyghur people often at odds with Chinese centrality making these “outlands” quite unlike the China we see on the news reports.

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Who is Sue Baker

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. China’s economic miracle has transformed the country, pulling, prodding and pushing the Chinese towards a prosperity their forebears could only dream of. The shining spires of Shanghai, and glass-encrusted towers of Beijing’s banks, are the symbols of the new China. But progress brings its own trials and tribulations, and not all the Chinese, always a varied people, have been winners. Indeed the Chinese have responded to change in different ways. Eimer travels along the peripheries of the vast nation to gauge what the mood is like far away from the glitz and bubbly of the economic bubble. He tries to understand what change means for the conservative rural communities, how ethnic minorities see themselves in modern China, and how the Han cope with the pressure of meteoric change. It makes for a vivid snapshot of a China that is all too often overlooked, as attention is devoted to lurid and neon success.
~ Jonathan North


The Emperor Far Away Travels at the Edge of China by David Eimer

Far from the glittering cities of Beijing and Shaghai, China's borderlands are populated by around one hundred million people who are not Han Chinese. For many of these restive minorities, the old Chinese adage 'the mountains are high and the Emperor far away', meaning Beijing's grip on power is tenuous and its influence unwelcome, continues to resonate. Travelling through China's most distant and unknown reaches, David Eimer explores the increasingly tense relationship between the Han Chinese and the ethnic minorities.


'Engaging . Narrated by this curious Englishman and peopled by a cast of natives, settlers, tourists, and ex-pats, this absorbing book is a tantalizing introduction to China's diversity and the ethnic and political dynamics at the extremes of its empire . Should interest travel junkies and students of ethnography and geopolitics'-- Publishers Weekly

'A swift-moving, colorful account of the bewildering array of fiercely independent ethnic groups within an uneasy Chinese home' -- Kirkus

About the Author

David Eimer was the China Correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph from 2007 to 2012, while also working as a columnist and feature writer for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Having first visited China in 1988, he has travelled in almost every province of the country and lived in Beijing from 2005-2012. Currently based in Bangkok, Eimer was the Daily Telegraph's Southeast Asia Correspondent from 2012 to 2014.

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Publication date

30th November 1999


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