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Title: The Quest for Zhuang Identity: Cultural Politics of Promoting the Buluotuo Cultural Festival in Guangxi, China
Authors: SOMRAK CHAISINGKANANONT
Keywords: Zhuang, ethnic identity, Guangxi, China, cultural politics
Issue Date: 22-Aug-2014
Citation: SOMRAK CHAISINGKANANONT (2014-08-22). The Quest for Zhuang Identity: Cultural Politics of Promoting the Buluotuo Cultural Festival in Guangxi, China. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This dissertation examines the Buluotuo cultural tourism development of the Zhuang in Tianyang County of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Based on extensive fieldwork and textual analysis, this dissertation discusses, on one hand, how different groups of Zhuang people have negotiated, interpreted and presented what it means to be `Zhuang? in the Buluotuo Cultural Festival; on the other hand, it examines how `Zhuang? identity is shaped by the ethno-political rhetoric of ?difference? and by the state discourse of economic development and modernization. The discourse of `Buluotuo Culture? is a part of cultural politics in which Zhuang intellectuals made efforts to reclaim the ?lost? traditions and to express Zhuang uniqueness for national and international visibility. The strategic position of Guangxi as a base for China-ASEAN economic cooperation encourages not only Zhuang elites and scholars but also commoners to exercise transnational mobility and to articulate the imaginary of Zhuang common culture with other Tai-speaking groups in Southeast Asia.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/118867
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