Relentless Advocate ‘Greens’ Rural China, Village by Village – Peter Ford

OMONKEY_P1.jpg From The Christian Science Monitor:

“If I rest, I rust.” It’s not quite clear how actress Helen Hayes’s piece of potted wisdom reached the ears of Cun Yanfang, a member of the indigenous Naxi people from one of southwest China’s more remote villages.

“But that is quite true for me,” the diminutive, apple-cheeked Ms. Cun adds with a laugh. “I cannot stop.” Her restless energy has brought Cun a long way. Born 31 years ago to an unschooled mother in Province on the banks of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River , she is now just one English exam away from entering a master’s program at Cornell University. But today, her mind is on a more immediate task. At a gathering of local worthies in this grubby one-horse town, 12 miles from paved roads, Cun is wrapping up the program she runs to help save one of the world’s most , the Yunnan golden monkey. [Full Text]

[Image: Cun Yanfang has garnered international attention for her ability to change local attitudes, by Peter Ford from The Christian Science Monitor.]

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