Cultural Encounters on China's Ethnic Frontiers
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China's exploitation by Western imperialism is well known, but the imperialist treatment within China of ethnic minorities has been little explored. Around the geographic periphery of China, as well as some of the less accessible parts of the interior, and even in its cities, live a variety of peoples of different origins, languages, ecological adaptations, and cultures. These people have interacted for centuries with the Han Chinese majority, with other minority ethnic groups (minzu), and with non-Chinese, but identification of distinct groups and analysis of their history and relationship to others still are problematic.
- Published: 1996
- Subject Listing: Asian Studies
- Bibliographic information: 388 pp.
- Territorial rights: Not Avail Brit Commwlth And Uk
- Series: Studies on Ethnic Groups in China
Cultural Encounters on China's Ethnic Frontiers provides rich material for the comparative study of colonialism and imperialism and for the study of Chinese nation-building. It represents some of the first scholarship on ethnic minorities in China based on direct research since before World War II. This, combined with increasing awareness in the West of the importance of ethnic relations, makes it an especially timely book. It will be of interest to anthopologists, historians, and political scientists, as well as to sinologists.
Stevan Harrell is professor of anthropology at the University of Washington. Other contributors are Wurlig Borchigud, Siu-woo Cheung, Norma Diamond, Shih-chung Hsieh, Almaz Khan, Ralph A. Litzinger, Charles F. McKhann, Shelley Rigger, and Margaret Byrne Swain.
Introduction: Civilizing Projects and the Reaction to them
Part I: The Historiography of Ethnic Identity: Scholarly and Official Discourses
The Naxi and the Nationalities Question
The History of the History of the Yi
Defining the Miao
Pere Vial and the Gni-P'a: Orientalist Scholarship and the Christian Project
Voices of Manchu Identity, 1635-1935
Part II: The History of Ethnic Identity: The Process of Peoples
Millenarianism, Christian Movements, and Ethnic Change Among the Miao in Southwest China
Chinggis Khan: From Imperial Ancestor to Ethnic Hero
The Impact of Urban Ethnic Education on Modern Mognolian Ethnicity, 1940-1966
On the Dynamics of Tai/Dai-Lue Ethnicity: An Ethnohistorical Analysis