Erdenetuya Erdenebaatar, a Fulbright Scholar from Mongolia, speaking at Fairhaven College on May 18, 2011.

Mongolia – the land of eternal blue sky – used to attract global attention by its open spaces, unspoiled nature, clean air and nomadic lifestyle that has spanned for over 3000 years. However, the trend has changed dramatically in the past few years. The country is now drawing a serious attention from global investors and businessmen after a series of big gold and copper deposits were discovered in the country. The land which was considered as sacred since well before the time of Genghis Khan (Chingis Khaan) is now being dug out and destroyed. According to a Mongolian old saying, gold never brings good luck. Will Mongolia really benefit from these mining projects? If so, will the benefits be worth tearing the precious homeland apart?

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