Cheng Xinhao | Beyond the Forest: The Mang Borderland

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Country of origin: China
Project location: China
Program: Abigail Cohen Fellowship
Year: 2017

Cheng Xinhao, a native of Yunnan province, earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Peking University and now works as an independent artist. He is in the midst of a second phase of an intensive 15-year study on the Mang, a tiny ethnic group who live along the China-Vietnam border. While the majority of Mang people live in Vietnam, some 800 live in China’s Yunnan province. Incorporating archeology, anthropology, and linguistics, Cheng’s photographic project explores how the border between the two countries affects Mang identity.