By David Bandurski
China’s explosive modernization has resulted in a special phenomenon: voraciously-growing towns soaking up previously far away villages that develop into tenement groups.
Dragons in Diamond Village is ready the plight—and the courage—of the village-dwellers stuck during this tide of urbanization: Huang Minpeng, a semi-literate farmer grew to become self-taught rights defender; He Jieling, a suburban housewife who simply desired to open a hair salon; and villagers like Lu Zhaohui who refuse to renounce the land their households have cultivated for generations.
It is, briefly, a stirring story -- a group of not going activists, they're battling for id, justice, and their rightful position in China’s new towns. in the back of them stand hundreds of thousands of others who exist within the unusual limbo of the city village. simply because their villages stand on priceless tracts of land—vulnerable to the machinations of corrupt neighborhood officials—their houses became a battleground within the battle over China's city future.
From the Hardcover edition.