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In the Land of the Eastern Queendom

The Politics of Gender and Ethnicity on the Sino-Tibetan Border

Tenzin Jinba

  • Published: November 2013
  • Subject Listing: Asian Studies, Anthropology
  • Bibliographic information: 188 pp., 9 illus., 3 maps, glossary, notes, bibliog., index, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World
  • Series: Studies on Ethnic Groups in China
  • Contents

The story underlying this ethnography began with the recent discovery and commercialization of the remnant of an ancient “queendom” on the Sichuan-Tibet border. Recorded in classical Chinese texts, this legendary matriarchal domain has attracted not only tourists but the vigilance of the Chinese state. Tenzin Jinba’s research examines the consequences of development of the queendom label for local ethnic, gender, and political identities and for state-society relations.

Tenzin Jinba is professor of anthropology and sociology at Lanzhou University.

“A rollicking romp through the complexities of local identity. Tenzin tells this story in rich ethnographic detail and engages a series of important debates on nationhood, Tibetanness, gender, and peripherality.”—Stevan Harrell, University of Washington

“As both an outsider and insider, Tenzin does a fantastic job of demonstrating the complexities and contradictions of multiple forms of identification.” - Emily Yeh, University of Colorado at Boulder
Contents

Foreword by Stevan Harrell 
Preface and Acknowledgments 
Maps

Introduction

1. Setting Foot in the Queen’s Land 
2. Masculine and Feminine Internal Others in China 
3. From the Valley of Beauties to the Eastern Queendom
4. The Queendom and Grassroots Politics 
5. The Moluo Tourism Association: How Far to Go?

Conclusion 

Notes
Glossary 
Bibliography 
Index 
Reviews