LIFE OF TRAGEDIES. A discussion of the production of a radio soap opera for HIV/AIDS prevention in Yunnan, China

  • Claudia Blume


Only a small brook separates Luliang, a village in China’s remote Yunnan province, inhabited by the Jingpo minority, from neighbouring Burma, the world’s second largest heroin producer. The area is close to the infamous ”Golden Triangle” region, bordering Burma, Thailand and Laos. Burmese traffickers sell drugs cheaply along the long porous border with China.

Author Biography

Claudia Blume
Claudia Blume is a German radio and TV journalist. She worked as a communication adviser for a SIDA-financed project in Vietnam for a few years. She has spent the past ten year in Asia, and currently works as a reporter for Voice of America’s Asia News Center in Hong Kong. This article is based on her Master thesis in Communication for Development of the same title (Malmö University, June 2005).