Pulitzer Center Update

This Week: Kingdom of Women

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Mosuo woman. Image by Jason Motlagh. China, 2017.

Mosuo woman. Image by Jason Motlagh. China, 2017.

Kingdom of Women
Jason Motlagh

Chinese families have long preferred boys to girls, leading to a troubling surplus of men in the world’s most populous country. Not so among the Mosuo, who live in the Himalayan foothills between Yunnan and Sichuan provinces. The Mosuo are said to be the last matrilineal society in China and one of few left in the world. At the core of their beliefs: the idea that women are more valuable and intellectually superior to men. These days, however, a massive influx of tourists threatens to degrade Mosuo culture and undermine those beliefs, as Jason Motlagh reports for Marie Claire.

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Image by Jim McAuley. Canada, 2017.

Image by Jim McAuley. Canada, 2017.

Fantasy Island
Saul Elbein

It was imagined that pristine Lelu Island in British Columbia would become the hub of a massive industrial complex, where natural gas would be processed and shipped to Asia. Saul Elbein, writing in Foreign Policy, explains how the dream died.

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Image by Bram Ebus. Venezuela, 2017.

Image by Bram Ebus. Venezuela, 2017.

Mining Mayhem
Bram Ebus

Venezuela’s disastrous policies, failed petro-economy, and bleak job market have all fueled a chaotic rush to extract valuable minerals. Writing for Mongabay, Bram Ebus reports from the “Arco Minero” on illegal mining, violent mafias, and potential ecological ruin. 

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