Paradigm Wars: Indigenous People’s Resistance to Globaliztion

By Jerry Mander and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

Sierra Club Books, 2006.

“No communities of people on this earth have been more negatively impacted by the current global economic system than the world’s remaining 350 million indigenous peoples. And no peoples are so strenuously and, lately, successfully resisting these invasions and inroads.”— from the introduction by Jerry Mander.

Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Globalization accurately conveys the “impressive scale and clarity of purpose” of an indigenous movement worldwide that is now gathering strength and planning the future of our earth by scrutinizing the present reality of economic globalization. From the indigenous platform, Mander and Tauli-Corpuz put forth various issues which address the projects of corporations, institutions, and governments that threaten our finite planet by requiring an “ever-increasing supply of natural resources” and supportive infrastructure for short-term profit. Emphasizing the international interconnectedness of law, action, and ancient cultures, Paradigm Wars offers readers a poignant, much-needed briefing on a pressing situation resting on all our shoulders.

Tiger Traces: Nuosu and Chinese Poetry of Aku Wuwu, Translated by Mark Bender

Tiger Traces: Selected Nuosu and Chinese Poetry of Aku Wuwu
Edited by Aku WuWu and Mark Bender
With accompanying audio CD
Columbus, OH: Foreign Language Publications, The Ohio State University, 2006

“Aku Wuwu (Luo Qingchun) is a well-known poet of the Nuosu branch of the Yi nationality of southwest China. The Yi are among the largest ethnic groups in China—numbering around seven million. Comprised of dozens of branches, the Yi live in mountainous areas in the provinces of Yunnan, Sichuan, Guizhou, and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Over two million Nuosu live in the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture in the Liangshan Mountains of southern Sichuan and in the smaller Ninglang prefecture in northern Yunnan.”— from the Introduction by Mark Bender.

Mark Bender has done enormous service to the Yi people in China—and to readers worldwide—by seeking out and translating the work of Aku Wuwu, a leader in contemporary poetry in the Nuosu dialect. This slim volume contains Aku’s Chinese language and Nuosu language poems in translations by Bender, Aku, and Jjiepa Ayi. For each, the Chinese or Nuosu script is included as well. Most interesting is the accompanying audio CD, on which Aku reads his poems in both languages, with English versions read by Bender and Kate Polak.

Aku Wuwu’s poems appeared in MANOA’s volume Blood Ties: Writing Across Chinese Borders. An essay by Mark Bender on his translations from Yi appeared in a symposium in Manoa’s volume Silenced Voices: New Writing from Indonesia, and was reprinted in The Poem Behind the Poem: Translating Asian Poetry, edited by Frank Stewart (Copper Canyon Press, 2004).