By Xing Ruan
Deals an architectural research of equipped types and development forms of the minority teams in southern China and of the Dong nationality particularly.
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The Dong are intermingled with the Han and other minority groups, mainly the Miao and the Zhuang. The shaded areas show the concentrations of Dong populations in this region. The main areas of my fieldwork include Kaili, Rongjiang, Congjiang, and Sanjiang. Source: Drawn by Xing Ruan. Opposite: The topography in the Sanjiang area showing mountain river valleys as a distinctive feature of the Dong habitat. Source: Sanjing Dongzu Zizhixian Zhi Guangxi Sanjiang Dongzu Zizhixian Zhi Bianzuan Weiyuanhui (1992, 80).
The built world, as we tend to believe, shapes us as human persons. But to what extent is a community aVorded a character through its buildings and streets? How does the making and inhabiting of a habitat interact with the cultivation of a human person and his or her habitus—be it a minority in southern China or an ethnic ghetto in a contemporary Western city? And how in general should the workings of our built world be discerned? These questions will be examined by situating the living myth and architectonics in southern China within a broad historical as well as contemporary context.
4 The skyline dominated by the drum tower of Longtu village in the Congjiang region, Guizhou province. Source: Photograph by Xing Ruan, 1993. 5 The plan of Zhaoxin village in the Liping region, Guizhou province, showing the village built on flat land. The drawing also indicates that there are five drum towers and a number of wind-and-rain bridges scattered within the settlement. Source: Drawn by Xing Ruan. indd 44 10/2/06 12:54:19 PM Settlement Pattern A sketchy picture of Dong architectonics and settlement has been painted in Chapter 1 with a focus on the cultural activities that are staged by the built world.