Xiakou Village | Kinship Diagram

Biography

How does biography contribute to our understanding of village life in China? These essays look at individual personalities and their interactions. Most of the materials gathered here aim at creating portraits of people and relationships within the village. The section on kinship is a diagram illustrating the kin relations that connect and divide the characters portrayed. The quality and character of these relationships are examined as both the product of and condition for the particular way historical forces have unfolded in this place.