Impact of The Belt and Road Initiative on Marginalized Communities
Initiated in 2013 by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Belt And Road Initiative (BRI) is a massive global infrastructure development project envisioning a China-centered global trading network involving more than 60% of the world population. While the mainstream narratives focus on discussing China’s ambitious expansion and the response of the West or the geopolitical earthquake and a promising economic boost for the third world countries, seldom do the discourse voices for the marginalized citizens of these countries when most of them are under politically unstable status, in debt or undergo a severe corruption problem.
The project situates BRI at four different scales 1) Global Scale 2) China-Indochina Peninsula Corridor 3) China-Laos Borderland 4) Boten Special Economic Zone to call for people’s attention to the impact of a massive global infrastructure project on the livelihood of underrepresented individuals’ from third-world countries. Spectators are expected to think about what is visible and what is invisiblized at each scale.