Monthly Topic: The Undefinable Yi Peoples

by Wesley Kawato

Records about the Yi date back to about 100 B.C. Chinese historians mention that the Yi lived in what is now Yunnan Province. Around 700 A.D. the Yi unified to form the Kingdom of Nanzhao. This ancient kingdom grew rich by controlling the region’s tea and gem trade routes. After the collapse of Nanzhao, the Kingdom of Dali was formed, but it didn’t last long.
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by EJD

(The following is a fictional account based on facts.)
As the bus rocked and swayed over the narrow mountain road, the young Panxian Nasu man peered out at grounds that once were verdant paddy...

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