By Enze Han
Contestation and Adaptation unravels the complexities of national-identity contestation between quite a few ethnic minority teams in China. It specializes in the interactions among family and foreign forces that tell ethnic teams' national-identity contestation, positing a theoretical framework the place foreign elements play an important function in picking why and whilst ethnic teams will contest the nationwide identities imposed on them through important governments as a part of the nation-building process.
Simmering grievances and low outbursts of social unrest between ethnic minority populations in China problem not just the ruling party's legitimacy and governance, but additionally modern chinese language nationwide id and the territorial integrity of the chinese language nation. yet, as Enze Han issues out, of the fifty-five ethnic minority teams in China, in simple terms the Tibetans and Uyghurs have forcefully contested the assumption of a chinese language nationwide id. He argues that even if ethnic teams contest these nationwide identities depends upon whether or not they understand a greater, possible substitute. specifically, Han argues that ethnic teams with vast exterior kinship networks are probably to understand a means to accomplish greater conditions and are, for that reason, prone to politically mobilize to contest nationwide identification. within the absence of such choices ethnic teams usually tend to do something about their state of affairs via emigration, political ambivalence, or assimilation. utilizing this theoretical framework, the ebook compares the way in which that 5 significant ethnic minority teams in China negotiate their nationwide identities with the chinese language geographical region: Uyghurs, chinese language Koreans, Dai, Mongols, and Tibetans.
Overall, Contestation and Adaptation sheds mild at the nation-building procedures in China over the last six a long time and the ways in which diversified teams have resisted or acquiesced of their dealings with the chinese language nation and majority Han chinese language society.
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Configuration 3: If an ethnic group’s external cultural ties show worse living conditions and life opportunities, and somehow the group still receives a certain amount of external support for the cause, then this group is likely to either maintain a low-intensity national identity contestation or adapt to the conditions within the current state. Configuration 4: If an ethnic group’s external cultural ties show worse living conditions and life opportunities, and the group does not receive external support for the cause, then this group is likely to either keep the current status quo or be willing to assimilate into the current national identity.
41 Instead we should investigate why some groups develop a certain perception and understanding of their living conditions and how the dissatisfaction with being part of the current state comes into existence. 42 Ethnic minority groups lacking such kin relations are indigenous only to a particular country. On one hand, we may think these are groups that have lived in close proximity with the majority ethnic group for a long time, and they may have incorporated many of the cultural aspects of the majority group.
Yet, because of discrimination from South Koreans and a lack of support, many Joseonjok people have developed ambivalent views about the relationship between their ancestral homeland, Korea, and their current host state, China. Chapters Five and Six examine the Mongols and Dai cases, the two instances where no clear external better alternative is present. Chapter Five discusses why the dominant political strategy taken by the Mongols in Inner Mongolia toward China’s nation-building policies is trying to maintain some cultural autonomy, though linguistic and cultural assimilation is also gaining speed.
Contestation and adaptation : the politics of national identity in China by Enze Han