Society and Identity
Wengding is a Wa-Paraok village located in Yunnan province southwest, China. Since the 2000’s, the village and its inhabitants are the target of a tourism development plan. With the passing by of hundreds of tourists per month, the community life is rapidly changing. These transformations also affect the local social rhythm of life, including the production system and the diverse ritual practices. With the opportunity of new incomes that follow tourism industry growth, many villagers adapt their annual agrarian tasks. However, in the process of “tourismification”, the system of relations that is part of the social local space, is renewed to ensure its reproduction, and thereby the reproduction of the local society. My presentation will address these adaptation phenomena and provide an insight of a chinese touristic arena, and its impact on the local community socio-ecological organisation.