Chinese Greenhouses: An Echo of the Soviet Past (Siberian Cases)
[Kitaiskie teplitsy: ekho sovetskogo proshlogo (sibirskie keisy)]
Type of publication: Research Article
Siberia, government modern projects, failure, metis, agrarian reform of 1990s, Chinese greenhouses
The article discusses the presence of so-called Chinese greenhouses and the agricultural activities of Chinese farmers in Eastern Siberia. I attempt to analyze the phenomenon of Chinese greenhouses through the theory of James Scott and explain the possibility of agricultural activities of Chinese agrarians in Siberia as a result of the state project’s failure. I demonstrate that the agrarian reform of the 1990s created conditions under which large-scale producers were forced to invite residents of the PRC as a wage-labor for the production of vegetable crops. Subsequently, this circumstance, combined with the failures of implementing the reform plans, contributed to the independent cultivation of Russian lands by Chinese agrarians.
Funding InformationThis research was supported by the following institutions and grants: European Regional Development Fund [project number CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000791]
Koreshkova, Y.O. 2021. Chinese Greenhouses: An Echo of the Soviet Past (Siberian Cases) [Kitaiskie teplitsy: ekho sovetskogo proshlogo (sibirskie keisy)].Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 1: 145–162. https://doi.org/10.31857/S086954150013602-2
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