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The Han : China's diverse majority

Author: Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2015.
Series: Studies on ethnic groups in China.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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 as in relation to home place identities and the country{u2019}s national identity. Based on research she conducted among native and migrant Han in Shanghai and Beijing, Aqsu (in Xinjiang), and the  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi
ISBN: 9780295994673 0295994673
OCLC Number: 892701117
Description: xiii, 187 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Narrating "the Han" --
Contemporary narratives of Han-ness --
Topographies of identity --
Othering, exclusion, and discrimination --
Fragmented identities : the Han Minzu and ethnicity.
Series Title: Studies on ethnic groups in China.
Responsibility: Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi.

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"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 as in relation to home place identities and the country{u2019}s national identity. Based on research she conducted among native and migrant Han in Shanghai and Beijing, Aqsu (in Xinjiang), and the Sichuan-Yunnan border area, Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi uncovers and discusses these identity topographies. Bringing into focus the Han majority, which has long acted as an unexamined backdrop to ethnic minorities, Joniak-Lüthi contributes to the emerging field of critical Han studies as she considers how the Han describe themselves - particularly what unites and divides them - as well as the functions of Han identity and the processes through which it is maintained and reproduced.The Han will appeal to scholars and students of contemporary China, anthropology, and ethnic and cultural studies."--Provided by publisher.

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I am constantly intrigued by what it means to be Han. . . . Agnieszka Joniak-Luthi's remarkable new book casts light on this question, and reveals Hanness as a slippery and multivalent designation. . Read more...

 
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