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Title: Central state, local governments, ethnic groups and the minzu identification in Yunnan (1950s-1980s)
Authors: Yang, B. 
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Yang, B. (2009). Central state, local governments, ethnic groups and the minzu identification in Yunnan (1950s-1980s). Modern Asian Studies 43 (3) : 741-775. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This essay examines the minzu identification in Yunnan (1950s-1980s). First of all, it will introduce the terms of ethnicity and minzu as used by the Chinese. It will then examine the minzu identification in Yunnan with a general overview, followed by a critique on the complexity of classification, which looks especially at the many previously ignored roles including local governments, ethnic groups, ethnic elites, ethnic masses and contingency in the process. The essay argues that classifications varied case by case, without any consistent or standard criteria. Furthermore, it also discusses the application of Soviet influence on the project, particularly the definition of four-common raised by Stalin. While arguing that there was little Soviet influence on the result of classification, the essay intends to historicize the project to illustrate the historical continuity and development in terms of ethnic and frontier managements between imperial and modern China. © 2008 Cambridge University Press.
Source Title: Modern Asian Studies
ISSN: 0026749X
DOI: 10.1017/S0026749X07003411
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