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Governing China's multiethnic frontiers /
edited by Morris Rossabi.
Seattle : University of Washington Press, c2004.
viii, 296 p.
0295983906 (alk. paper)
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Seattle : University of Washington Press, c2004.
0295983906 (alk. paper)
general note
Papers presented at conference "China's Management of Its National Minorities," held in Washington, D.C., Feb. 2001.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Morris Rossabi is professor of history at the City University of New York and visiting professor of East and Inner Asian history at Columbia University
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-12-01:
Born out of a conference that was inspired by conversations between the late renowned China scholar Michel Oksenberg and the volume's editor, Morris Rossabi (City Univ. of New York), this rare work on ethnic studies captures the concerns, complexity, and contradiction of China's administration in its ethnic minority regions. The book contains an introduction and seven chapters. They deal with the Hui minority, the ethnic minorities in the southwest, the Mongols in the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, the Uygurs in Xinjiang, and Tibet, all of which bear political and strategic significance for China. Though realizing that the Chinese government began to turn its attention to the interior parts of the country--the homelands of the more populous minority groups--in the mid-1990s, Rossabi believes that "preliminary patterns point to favoritism toward the new Han settlers in those regions" and that "[a] more equitable distribution will be required if the Chinese government expects to integrate itself with the minority peoples." Notes. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Faculty, graduates, and undergraduates. S. K. Ma California State University, Los Angeles
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Leading scholars examine the Chinese government's administration of ethnic minority regions since 1949, to see how far the regime has lived up to its early promise to preserve the linguistic & cultural heritage of some 55 official minority nationalities.
Main Description
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 would help preserve the linguistic and cultural heritage of the fifty-five official "minority nationalities." However, minority culture suffered widespread destruction in the early decades of the People's Republic of China, and minority areas still lag far behind Han (majority) areas economically.Since the mid-1990s, both domestic and foreign developments have refocused government attention on the inhabitants of China's minority regions, their relationship to the Chinese state, and their foreign ties. Intense economic development of and Han settlement in China's remote minority regions threaten to displace indigenous populations, post-Soviet establishment of independent countries composed mainly of Muslim and Turkic-speaking peoples presents questions for related groups in China, freedom of Mongolia from Soviet control raises the specter of a pan-Mongolian movement encompassing Chinese Mongols, and international groups press for a more autonomous or even independent Tibet.InGoverning China's Multiethnic Frontiers, leading scholars examine the Chinese government's administration of its ethnic minority regions, particularly border areas where ethnicity is at times a volatile issue and where separatist movements are feared. Together these studies provide an overview of government relations with key minority populations, against which one can view evolving dialogues and disputes.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 3
White Hats, Oil Cakes, and Common Blood: The Hui in the Contemporary Chinese Statep. 19
The Challenge of Sipsong Panna in the Southwest: Development, Resources, and Power in a Multiethnic Chinap. 53
Inner Mongolia: The Dialectics of Colonization and Ethnicity Buildingp. 84
Heteronomy and Its Discontents: "Minzu Regional Autonomy" in Xinjiangp. 117
Making Xinjiang Safe for the Han? Contradictions and Ironies of Chinese Governance in China's Northwestp. 155
Tibet and China in the Twentieth Centuryp. 186
A Thorn in the Dragon's Side: Tibetan Buddhist Culture in Chinap. 230
Bibliographyp. 270
Contributorsp. 285
Indexp. 287
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