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Why was Tao Lujia so willing and swift to greenlight the Red Flag Canal Project in 1960? New insights via a lens of compassion practice

Authors
  • Chen, Ying1
  • Xiang, Wei-Ning2
  • 1 Tongji University,
  • 2 University of North Carolina at Charlotte,
Type
Published Article
Journal
Socio-Ecological Practice Research
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Publication Date
Sep 09, 2020
Pages
1–10
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s42532-020-00061-4
PMCID: PMC7480660
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Research Article
License
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Abstract

In an extraordinarily willing and swift fashion, the top leader of Shanxi Province in China, Tao Lujia [陶鲁笳, (1917–2011)], gave permission to the Red Flag Canal Project in 1960. Why was he so willing and swift to greenlight a project that would divert water from his home province to benefit the people in a neighbor province? We explored this question through a bipartite investigation. First, we dug into the empirical literature, the literature based on experience and/or observation, in search of his motivations for the action. Second, for a more systematic, deeper understanding, we examined the instance via a lens of compassion practice, an eclectic collection of theoretical constructs on compassion practice through which one can examine an individual’s behavior and performance for new insights. This article reports the second part of our research. It is a sequel to Why was Tao Lujia so willing and swift to greenlight the Red Flag Canal Project in 1960? The instance and his motivations which reports the first part of our research and is also published in this journal. Both articles are part of the SEPR mini-series on the Red Flag Canal, one of the best kept secrets in the world history of socio-ecological practice.

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