"Is the vision of simple living provided by this village in the East the answer?" Not an answer. It is more a reflection for us to understand the impacts of our actions and inactions. Where do the radio and wrist watch come from? Where does the root of their importance lie? I think they lie with those of us outside of the village. Then who would have the ability to change the importance of material wealth?
(...And what is "traditional culture"? Ceremonies, rituals, etc,--Are they not also a form of materialiasm?? 100 years from wrist watches and radios will be "traditional culture")
btw, there is no way to judge a villager, unless you are one.