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Studies on Ethnic Groups in China
Studies on Ethnic Groups in China presents research from a wide variety of disciplines on ethnic groups and ethnic relations in China. Anthropologists, historians, geographers, political scientists, and literary scholars have contributed works on minority ethnic groups from various regions of China, as well as on the majority Han and their relationships with other groups. Works are both historical and contemporary and include single-author monographs, multi author collections, and translations. They cover topics ranging from identity, local relations, folk literature, and religion to medicine, governance, education, and economic development.
Many books in this series are now openly available thanks to a new partnership between the UW Press and Libraries and a grant from the Transformation Fund of the Kenneth S. and Faye G. Allen Library Endowment. Links to the open editions can be found on the book pages.
Series editor: Stevan Harrell
Please send book proposals to: Lorri Hagman
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Pure and True
The Everyday Politics of Ethnicity for China's Hui Muslims
The Chinese Communist Party points to the Hui—China’s largest Muslim ethnic group—as a model ethnic minority and touts its harmonious relations with the group as an example of the Party’s great success in ethnic politics....
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Exile from the Grasslands
Tibetan Herders and Chinese Development Projects
Open-access edition: DOI 10.6069/9780295748207
At the beginning of the new millennium, the Chinese government launched the Great Opening of the West, a development strategy targeted at remote areas inhabited mainly by indigenous ethnic groups. Intended to...
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The Nuosu Book of Origins
A Creation Epic from Southwest China
Open-access edition: DOI 10.6069/9780295745701
The Nuosu people, who were once overlords of vast tracts of farmland and forest in the uplands of southern Sichuan and neighboring provinces, are the largest division of the Yi ethnic group...
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Xinjiang and the Modern Chinese State
Open-access edition: DOI 10.6069/9780295806570
Xinjiang and the Modern Chinese State views modern Chinese political history from the perspective of Han officials who were tasked with governing Xinjiang. This region, inhabited by Uighurs, Kazaks, Hui, Mongols, Kirgiz,...
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Medicine and Memory in Tibet
Amchi Physicians in an Age of Reform
Open-access edition: DOI 10.6069/9780295743004
Only fifty years ago, Tibetan medicine, now seen in China as a vibrant aspect of Tibetan culture, was considered a feudal vestige to be eliminated through government-led social transformation. Medicine and Memory...
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Lessons in Being Chinese
Minority Education and Ethnic Identity in Southwest China
Open-access edition: DOI 10.6069/9780295804125
Two very different ethnic minority communities—the Naxi of the Lijiang area in northern Yunnan and the Tai (Dai) of Sipsong Panna (Xishuangbanna), along Yunnan’s border with Burma and Laos—are featured in this...
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Manchus and Han
Ethnic Relations and Political Power in Late Qing and Early Republican China, 1861-1928
Open-access edition: DOI 10.6069/9780295997483
China’s 1911–12 Revolution, which overthrew a 2000-year succession of dynasties, is thought of primarily as a change in governmental style, from imperial to republican, traditional to modern. But given that the dynasty...
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Ways of Being Ethnic in Southwest China
Open-access edition: DOI 10.6069/9780295804071
Drawing on extensive fieldwork conducted in the 1980s and 1990s in southern Sichuan, this pathbreaking study examines the nature of ethnic consciousness and ethnic relations among local communities, focusing on the Nuosu...
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China's Diverse Majority
Open-access edition: DOI 10.6069/9780295805979
This ethnography explores contemporary narratives of “Han-ness,” revealing the nuances of what Han identity means today in relation to that of the fifty-five officially recognized minority ethnic groups in China, as well...
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On the Margins of Tibet
Cultural Survival on the Sino-Tibetan Frontier
The state of Tibetan culture within contemporary China is a highly politicized topic on which reliable information is rare. But what is Tibetan culture and how should it be developed or preserved? The Chinese authorities...
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Cultural Encounters on China’s Ethnic Frontiers
Open-access edition: DOI 10.6069/9780295804088
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...
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In the Circle of White Stones
Moving through Seasons with Nomads of Eastern Tibet
This narrative of subsistence on the Tibetan plateau describes the life-worlds of people in a region traditionally known as Kham who move with their yaks from pasture to pasture, depending on the milk production of...
ISBN: 9780295999487more details
In the Land of the Eastern Queendom
The Politics of Gender and Ethnicity on the Sino-Tibetan Border
Open-access edition: DOI 10.6069/9780295804842
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...
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A Landscape of Travel
The Work of Tourism in Rural Ethnic China
Open-access edition: DOI 10.6069/9780295805061
While the number of domestic leisure travelers has increased dramatically in reform-era China, the persistent gap between urban and rural living standards attests to ongoing social, economic, and political inequalities. The state...
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Governing China's Multiethnic Frontiers
Open-access edition: DOI 10.6069/9780295804057
Upon coming to power in 1949, the Chinese Communist government proclaimed that its stance toward ethnic minorities--who comprise approximately eight percent of China’s population--differed from that of previous regimes and that it...
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Contested Landscapes in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands
Open-access edition: DOI 10.6069/9780295805023
In 2001 the Chinese government announced that the precise location of Shangrila—a place that previously had existed only in fiction—had been identified in Zhongdian County, Yunnan. Since then, Sino-Tibetan borderlands in Yunnan,...
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Doing Business in Rural China
Liangshan's New Ethnic Entrepreneurs
Open-access edition: DOI 10.6069/9780295804095
Longlisted for the 2009 ICAS Book Award
Mountainous Liangshan Prefecture, on the southern border of Sichuan Province, is one of China's most remote regions. Although Liangshan's majority ethnic group, the Nuosu (now classified...
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Religious Revival in the Tibetan Borderlands
The Premi of Southwest China
Open-access edition: DOI 10.6069/9780295801551
Revival of religious practices of all sorts in China, after decades of systematic government suppression, is a topic of considerable interest to scholars in disciplines ranging from religious studies to anthropology to...
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Empire and Identity in Guizhou
Local Resistance to Qing Expansion
Open-access edition: DOI 10.6069/9780295804811
This historical investigation describes the Qing imperial authorities’ attempts to consolidate control over the Zhongjia, a non-Han population, in eighteenth-century Guizhou, a poor, remote, and environmentally harsh province in Southwest China. Far...
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Shamans, Taxi Drivers, and Runaway Brides in Reform-Era China
Lijiang, a once-sleepy market town in southwest China, has become a magnet for tourism since the mid-1990s. Drawing on stories about taxi drivers, reluctant brides, dogmeat, and shamanism, Emily Chao illustrates how biopolitics and the...
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