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Pieces of China: Rose Niu on Naxi Culture—and China’s Growing Passion for Nature

August 5 @ 12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

The Naxi people of Yunnan province’s Lijiang, at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, were close to nature long before “eco-civilization” became part of China’s national policy. To this day, they pick medicinal herbs on the hillsides, and an annual Naxi SanDuo Festival pays homage to nature. Their Dongba religion emphasizes the connection between the human and natural worlds, and their script, which dates back to the 7th century, consists of pictographic drawings that resemble humans, animals, plants and other natural motifs. Rose Niu, Chief Conservation Officer at the Paulson Institute, who herself is ethnic Naxi, will share her culture and the growing passion for nature that is sweeping China today.

Rose Niu is Chief Conservation Officer at the Paulson Institute, where she manages the planning and execution of initiatives to protect globally significant biodiversity and ecosystems and to promote sustainable management of natural resources, particularly in China. Before joining the Institute, Niu was Managing Director of China Programs at World Wildlife Fund-US, where she coordinated all China-related work for the organization. She founded the China program at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and served as Country Program Director in China and represented TNC in its partnership with the Government of China. Niu later served as TNC’s Deputy Managing Director of the North Asia Region in the U.S. In 2003, Businessweek named Niu one of the Stars of Asia (25 Leaders at the forefront of change.)

After earning a B.Sc in Veterinary Science, Niu worked as a Quarantine Officer in Kunming Quarantine Service of the Chinese Government for ten years. She earned a M.Sc. in Natural Resources Planning and Management from the Asian Institute of Technology. Niu is a native Naxi, an ethnic minority group in Lijiang, Yunnan Province, and is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese and Naxi.

((Source: Skincare Plants of the Naxi ))

Explore the full roster of guests in our Pieces of China series of free, online conversations.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department Of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


August 5
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
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