The Contemporary Ethnic Minority in China: An Introduction
Eurasian Geography and Economics 56(1): 1-7
7 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2015 Last revised: 27 Jul 2015
Date Written: 2015
This article introduces the historical context behind the practice of fixed ethnic identification currently employed in the People’s Republic of China. Notwithstanding the major problems to clearly delineate the boundaries of many ethnic groups in the Chinese context, the article contends there was a strong pragmatism for officially classifying ethnic minority groups rather than adopting the self-identification method used in many Western nations. Finally, the article poses the query whether ethnic minority status continues to hold a meaningful category of analysis in contemporary China.
Keywords: Ethnicity, identification, ethnic boundaries, China
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