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Natalia Ryzhova

authorities. It should be noted that non-local (federal) media sources tended to describe Blagoveshensk as ‘Chinatown’, i.e. a city with a different culture. Izvestia for example noted that: ‘10 % of Blagoveshensk residents are Chinese. Widespread criminal activity comes in the form of labour and immigration

David Sneath

detailed description. In particular, Ryzhova points to the contrasting images in the national Russian media of Blagoveshensk as a virtual Chinatown, partially swamped by Chinese immigra- tion cast in xenophobic terms. She contrasts this with the relaxed attitudes of locals who have long operated in the

’, while the Chinese pay them a fee for ‘hiring the sawmills’. All these informal connections and relation- ChInESE LABOur MIGrAtIOn 299 ships are based, of course, on mutual commercial interests. V.I. Dyatlov, who investigated adaptive practices in the context of Chinatowns in russia, high- lighted

Christopher P. Atwood

Chinatown of Neislel Khüriye) invested an average of 53.2 taels per person. 28 Based on the 1,500 members in 1923–4, it was estimated that one-third invested more than 20 taels. 29 These high investments prompted the frequent complaint that the Co-op members were primarily the well-to-do herders. At the