TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2015, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (4): 549-560.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.002714

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Rising of Rubber Culture Landscapes in Southeast Frontier Ethnic Regions of China under the Background of Globalization:A Case Study of Xishuangbanna

XU Bin1,2,ZHOU Zhisheng1   

  1. (1.College of Tourism and Geography Science,Yunnan Normal University,Kunming 650092,China; 2.Art School,Guangxi University,Nanning 530004,China)
  • Online:2015-07-03 Published:2015-07-03


The change of the agricultural culture landscapes and its influence in Southwest frontier ethnic regions has attracted much attention from the related academic circle. This paper researches the spatial pattern and process of rubber culture landscapes, as well as the rise of the landscapes and its influence on ethnic groups’ relationship. Xishuangbanna is selected to be the research region, where Jinuo Mountain area is chosen as the site for fieldwork. The research results indicate that the rice culture is weakening and rubber cultural landscapes are rising in Xishuangbanna, as rubber planting areas are enlarging sharply and land use patterns are changing. The rubber culture can increase local farmer’s incomes, but it also brings about a lot of negative influences on ecological environment and social development, such as damaging the ecological diversity, increasing the risk for ethnic development, reducing the ethnic complementarity, breaking the symbiosis relation of ethnic economy, impacting the ethnic rural society structure, and making the ethnic emotions and national identity give place to economic benefits.

Key words: ethnic regions, rubbers culture landscapes, globalization, symbiosis