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Book talk: Last Days of the Mighty Mekong
October 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
In Last Days of the Might Mekong (Zed Books, 2019) Brian Eyler takes us on a revealing tour of the Mekong and those who depend on its resources. He travels from the river’s headwaters in China to its delta in Southern Vietnam. Along the way he meets the region’s diverse peoples, from villagers to community leaders to politicians and policymakers. Through conversations with them, he reveals how China’s expansionist policies are drastically—and often literally—reshaping environments. He also highlights the work being done by locals and international groups to save the Mekong and its fragile ecosystem. Eyler makes the case that there are environmentally-sound solutions, but argues these can only come about from serious cooperation and an increased pressure from the international community.
Brian Eyler is director of the IES Abroad Kunming Center at Yunnan University. He has previously worked at Beijing Foreign Studies University and as a researcher at the University of California, San Diego.