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Drink Water, but Remember the SourceMoral Discourse in a Chinese Village$
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Ellen Oxfeld

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520260948

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520260948.001.0001

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The Moral Dilemmas of Return Visits

The Moral Dilemmas of Return Visits

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(p.152) Chapter 5 The Moral Dilemmas of Return Visits
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Drink Water, but Remember the Source
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Ellen Oxfeld

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520260948.003.0005

This chapter examines the return visits of these overseas relations and explores the implications of these visits for an understanding of villagers' ideas about obligation in morality. The chapter also examines the moral dilemmas that return visits can engender. While only eleven percent of Moonshadow Pond families have an overseas Chinese connection, their impact is felt in many ways: through the fanfare that may accompany their visits, the donations they may give to local projects, and through the way villagers deal with the differences between those families who do have such connections and those who do not. In the anthropological literature on China, particularly on southeast China, a number of ethnographies have already investigated the connections between emigrants and their native villages. Many of these works focus not only upon the economic impact of emigration, remittances, and investments by overseas kin, but also on the impact of return upon local communities.

Keywords:   return visits, overseas, obligation, morality, dilemmas, Moonshadow Pond, China, emigration, remittances, investments

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