"Using archival sources, recent Chinese-language histories, and Zhongjia folklore, Weinstein gives a detailed account of a 1797 uprising. She argues that Zhongjia actions can best be understood as 'livelihood' strategies . . .The conclusion summarizes this argument and reflects on the hierarchy of ethnic groups under the Qing."
"Weinstein painstakingly pieces together images of Guizhou's changing landscapes and, in particular, those of an ethnic people that were somewhat absent from previous scholarly discussions. Building on solid historical studies...which emphasize indigenous response to China's colonization of the region, Weinstein's book also carries analytical and methodological significance. Most importantly, the in-between position of the Zhongjia and their semi-state spaces open up a productive venue to engage the interactive dynamics of structure and agency, as well as of state and society. Rather than treating 'Sinicization' as teleology, Weinstein suggests that 'advancement towards civilization' was by no means a fait accompli."
-Yu Luo, Asian Highlands Perspectives
"[A] brief but well-researched and contextualized study. . . [A]n important study of the late imperial encounter between the Zhongjia people of Guizhou Province in southwestern China and immigrants identified as Han, or "Chinese," bearing the dominant Confucian culture."
-Hugh R. Clark, Historian, The