Zhang Hong was crushed upon hearing the 70 Primi ethnic minority families living in the poor, remote virgin forest hamlet of Yushichang finally agreed to a logging road they had resisted for decades.
With a population of about 400, Yushichang is the very last Primi village without a road around the town of Hexi in Lanping Bai and Primi Autonomous County of the Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan Province. The Primi number about 30,000 in total, 16,000 of them living in Lanping County, Yunnan Province.
Most of that county’s people are Primi, according to Zhang, a volunteer with Global Village in Beijing, a non-government, non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education and strengthening of China’s nascent civil society. As a Global Village project volunteer, Zhang lived with the Primi in Yushichang for more than a year.