MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE ALETTA FOUNDATION

 

Yunnan Province Project Manager:

Zhang Yun

Zhang Yun is a Naxi woman, born and raised in Lijiang in Yunnan Province, she now lives with her husband and daughter in the provincial capital of Kunming.

For the Aletta Foundation Zhang Yun is responsible for coordination and logistics on various projects, including the Recycled Clothing Program and the HIS Student Sponsorship Program.

 

Head Project Manager: Eveline

Eveline Bingaman is a PhD candidate in the Institute of Anthropology at National Tsing Hua University (國立清華大學) in Taiwan. She made her first sojourn to China in 2002 as an undergraduate and since that time has been committed to finding ways to reduce poverty while preserving culture in China's western ethnic regions.  

Eveline is a coffee enthusiast (i.e. coffee addict) and in her rare bouts of free time enjoys getting outdoors and microbrews (in moderation).   

Click here for more information on Eveline's academic research.

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Photo by Si Jiyu 2016

Photo by Si Jiyu 2016


If you're interested in learning more about the fascinating history and customs of the Naxi people,  you might want to refer to the works of either Peter Goullart or Joseph Rock. These two explorers were both living among the Naxi from the 1920s to the 1940s and are by far the most prominent Western popular contributors to our understanding of the Naxi people. 

 

View: Joseph Rock's Travels through China

View photographs from Joseph Rock, an Austrian-American explorer, botanist, and anthropologist. For more than 25 years, he travelled extensively through Tibet and Yunnan, Gansu, and Sichuan provinces in China before finally leaving in 1949.  

Sichuan Province Project Manager:

Guma

Born and raised in Eya, Azier Guma is a daughter, a sister, a mother and an entrepreneur. For the Aletta Foundation, Guma is responsible for identifying communities in need, planning projects and overseeing their success. 

 

Read: The Forgotten Kingdom by Peter Goullart

Published in 1957, this book is the "Seven Years in Tibet" of the Nakhi people, written by the Russian-born traveler, explorer and author Peter Goullart while he was a respresentative of the Chinese Industrial Cooperatives in Sichuan Province in China in the 1940's.

 
Images courtesy of Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library at Harvard University.

Images courtesy of Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library at Harvard University.