Enclosing resources on the islands of Kinmen and Xiamen: From war blockade to financializing natural heritage

Huei Min Tsai*, Bo Wei Chiang


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The cultures of the islands of Kinmen and Xiamen, also respectively Quemoy and Amoy, are tightly interwoven with the South China coastal region of Fujian. Both archipelagos played important historical roles in coastal defense and have been home to many Overseas Chinese since the 19th Century. A decisive battle in the Chinese Civil War was fought on Kinmen in 1949, cutting off Kinmen's connection with Xiamen and Fujian. Positioned on a critical frontier between the 'free world' and the 'communist world', self-sufficiency became militarily important in the event of a blockade. After 1979, Xiamen was designated as a special economic zone attracting large flows of foreign investment and experiencing rapid urban development. Since 2002 the scheduled ferries between Kinmen and Xiamen reopened connections between Kinmen and its neighbor cities in the People's Republic of China. Renewed exchange highlighted the remarkable differences between the two archipelagos' developmental paths that had developed over the course of the 53-year suspension of contact. This paper analyzes these divergent developmental paths through comparative case studies involving forms of enclosure. The wetland conservation at Tzi Lake in Kinmen as well as gentrified residential developments around Yuan-dan Lake in Xiamen are compared; changing relationships, the impact of the sudden re-opening of borders, new forms of enclosure under globalization; and regional flows of capitals are discussed.

頁(從 - 到)69-77
期刊Journal of Marine and Island Cultures
出版狀態已發佈 - 2014 十二月 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 文化學習
  • 人類學
  • 自然與景觀保護
  • 管理、監督、政策法律


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