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TANA GOLDFIELDS News
Reviews
Mongolia’s economy is soaring,
but at what cost?
TANA GOLDFIELDS News
Reviews
“Tradition,” says Javhlan.
He was everywhere in Mongolia: On the
metal light poles in the ca...
TANA GOLDFIELDS News
Reviews
You’d stroll past the Lego store, then past
Hugo Boss, right into the chic, moneyed
core of a...
TANA GOLDFIELDS News
Reviews
He seems well fed, and serene and bearish
and strong somehow, and his costume
carries a state...
TANA GOLDFIELDS News
Reviews
Javhlan’s music matches his getup. It is plaintive
and patriotic, and his deep baritone voice...
TANA GOLDFIELDS News
Reviews
In Mongolia, I scarcely ever stepped into a
taxi bereft of Javhlan tunes. When I tried to
bon...
TANA GOLDFIELDS News
Reviews
When I was in Mongolia, Javhlan was
running for a seat in the Mongolian
Parliament as a dark-...
TANA GOLDFIELDS News
Reviews
He was earnest with reporters, stressing
that it was mining — and its savage effects
on the e...
TANA GOLDFIELDS News
Reviews
On two separate occasions, I arranged a
meeting with Javhlan. But then each time he
canceled,...
TANA GOLDFIELDS News
Reviews
It didn’t matter, though, for I already knew
that Javhlan was central to a vast social
experi...
TANA GOLDFIELDS News
Reviews
The nation’s largest mine, Oyu Tolgoi, which
just began production in June, is believed to
co...
TANA GOLDFIELDS News
Reviews
Meanwhile, rural Mongolians, enticed by the
promise of a richer Ulaanbaatar, are now
moving t...
TANA GOLDFIELDS News
Reviews
Locals navigate somewhat as herders do in
the desert, studying the slant of the sun as
they s...
TANA GOLDFIELDS News
Reviews
Amid all the newness and chaos, Mongolia
is clinging hard to its past. Genghis Khan is
resurg...
TANA GOLDFIELDS News
Reviews
Even the most avant-garde Mongolians are
embracing old traditions. My interpreter, a
heavy me...
TANA GOLDFIELDS News
Reviews
All I really did, wandering about Mongolia,
was ask that one question. I came home
with a pic...
TANA GOLDFIELDS News
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The author asked Mongolians, including members of the the art rock group Mohanik, how one of the world’s fastest-growing economies can maintain its soul. (Lauren Knapp)

“Tradition,” says Javhlan.

He was everywhere in Mongolia: On the metal light poles in the capital city, Ulaanbaatar, amid the chockablock traffic, there were little tourist-friendly posters bearing the radiant, smiling image of Mongolia’s premier folk crooner. You’d stroll past the Lego store, then past Hugo Boss, right into the chic, moneyed core of a nation that is now mining gold, copper and coal for Chinese consumption, and there he was again. Javhlan is 33. On the posters, his cheeks are ruddy, his eyes aglow with health. He seems well fed, and serene and bearish and strong somehow, and his costume carries a stately (if affected) grandeur. He is dressed 13th-century style, in a long flowing robe and a pointy helmetlike cap, as though he were just about to hop on a horse and join the old warlord Genghis Khan in battle out on the steppes.

Javhlan’s music matches his getup. It is plaintive and patriotic, and his deep baritone voice resonates, manly and sodden with pathos, over tinkling electronic background beats. In one song, “Promise,” he apologizes to his ancestors for how Mongolia has sold out to the Chinese and ensures the desecration will stop. “The land was given to us in one piece,” he declares, “so we will protect it. Even if God asks for a piece of it, we won’t give any away.”

In Mongolia, I scarcely ever stepped into a taxi bereft of Javhlan tunes. When I tried to bond with one driver by asking if the singer on the radio was in fact Javhlan, he grew wistful and glassy-eyed, telling me that, like Javhlan, he hailed from the western province of Uvs. “Tiim,” he affirmed, “Javhlan.”

When I was in Mongolia, Javhlan was running for a seat in the Mongolian Parliament as a dark-horse third-party candidate. Though he would eventually lose, he campaigned with celebrity flourish, by giving away 100 tons of hay to the good herders of Uvs. He was earnest with reporters, stressing that it was mining — and its savage effects on the earth — that spurred him into politics. “Foreigners are digging up our land,” he said recently, “and ruining our wintering grazing spots. I had no choice but to run.” He added that he was old-school about child rearing. “My wife and I plan to have 15 kids,” he pronounced. “We are real Mongolians.”
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TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews Mongolia’s economy is soaring, but at what cost?

  1. 1. TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews Mongolia’s economy is soaring, but at what cost?
  2. 2. TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews “Tradition,” says Javhlan. He was everywhere in Mongolia: On the metal light poles in the capital city, Ulaanbaatar, amid the chockablock traffic, there were little tourist-friendly posters bearing the radiant, smiling image of Mongolia’s premier folk crooner.
  3. 3. TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews You’d stroll past the Lego store, then past Hugo Boss, right into the chic, moneyed core of a nation that is now mining gold, copper and coal for Chinese consumption, and there he was again. Javhlan is 33. On the posters, his cheeks are ruddy, his eyes aglow with health.
  4. 4. TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews He seems well fed, and serene and bearish and strong somehow, and his costume carries a stately (if affected) grandeur. He is dressed 13th-century style, in a long flowing robe and a pointy helmetlike cap, as though he were just about to hop on a horse and join the old warlord Genghis Khan in battle out on the steppes.
  5. 5. TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews Javhlan’s music matches his getup. It is plaintive and patriotic, and his deep baritone voice resonates, manly and sodden with pathos, over tinkling electronic background beats. In one song, “Promise,” he apologizes to his ancestors for how Mongolia has sold out to the Chinese and ensures the desecration will stop. “The land was given to us in one piece,” he declares, “so we will protect it. Even if God asks for a piece of it, we won’t give any away.”
  6. 6. TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews In Mongolia, I scarcely ever stepped into a taxi bereft of Javhlan tunes. When I tried to bond with one driver by asking if the singer on the radio was in fact Javhlan, he grew wistful and glassy-eyed, telling me that, like Javhlan, he hailed from the western province of Uvs. “Tiim,” he affirmed, “Javhlan.”
  7. 7. TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews When I was in Mongolia, Javhlan was running for a seat in the Mongolian Parliament as a dark-horse third-party candidate. Though he would eventually lose, he campaigned with celebrity flourish, by giving away 100 tons of hay to the good herders of Uvs.
  8. 8. TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews He was earnest with reporters, stressing that it was mining — and its savage effects on the earth — that spurred him into politics. “Foreigners are digging up our land,” he said recently, “and ruining our wintering grazing spots. I had no choice but to run.” He added that he was old-school about child rearing. “My wife and I plan to have 15 kids,” he pronounced. “We are real Mongolians.”
  9. 9. TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews On two separate occasions, I arranged a meeting with Javhlan. But then each time he canceled, last-minute. “Javhlan had to rush to the countryside,” I was told, through his handlers. “It was an emergency.”
  10. 10. TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews It didn’t matter, though, for I already knew that Javhlan was central to a vast social experiment. Mongolia was for centuries made up largely of nomadic herders. Its economy was almost static; in 2011, it achieved a 17.3 percent growth in gross national product. The World Bank has predicted that Mongolia will have one of the planet’s fastest-growing economy over 2013, 2014 and 2015.
  11. 11. TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews The nation’s largest mine, Oyu Tolgoi, which just began production in June, is believed to contain 81 billion pounds of copper and 46 million ounces of gold. Nearly all of it will go to China, and on some Chinese maps now, Mongolia is simply rendered as an Alaska- size Chinese province.
  12. 12. TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews Meanwhile, rural Mongolians, enticed by the promise of a richer Ulaanbaatar, are now moving to the capital city, population 1.2 million, at the rate of 50,000 per year, and planting their round herders’ yerts, called gers in Mongolia, willy-nilly on the city’s fringes. The number of cars in UB, as it’s known in Mongolia, has tripled in the past decade. And still a nomad vibe prevails: The city does not have street addresses.
  13. 13. TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews Locals navigate somewhat as herders do in the desert, studying the slant of the sun as they search for tall buildings. There aren’t even any crosswalks — residents are obliged to dodge the oncoming cars, even if they just forked out 2.8 million tugriks, about $1,700, for a handbag at Louis Vuitton.
  14. 14. TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews Amid all the newness and chaos, Mongolia is clinging hard to its past. Genghis Khan is resurgent here, and universally beloved. There is a new 131-foot-tall statue of him just outside UB, and the memory of his “Nine White Banners” flag, consisting of nine white horsetail plumes, is newly keen. Nine is a lucky number in Mongolia now.
  15. 15. TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews Even the most avant-garde Mongolians are embracing old traditions. My interpreter, a heavy metal singer named Uugii, was letting his tiny son’s black locks grow long, in anticipation of a lavish hair-cutting ceremony on the boy’s third birthday. And everywhere a question looms: What does Mongolia need now, as it endeavors to step into the global fray, without losing its integrity and its soul?
  16. 16. TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews All I really did, wandering about Mongolia, was ask that one question. I came home with a picture of a charming and fractious country, in the form of eight answers scrawled into my notebooks.
  17. 17. TANA GOLDFIELDS News Reviews Source: http://www.tvinx.com/strategy_and_vision-tana http://coconutbutterz.edublogs.org/

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