Creating the Zhuang: Ethnic Politics in China
"The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officially recognized the 16 million Zhuang as China's largest minority nationality in the early 1950s, granting then regional autonomy. Prior to this, however, the Zhuang did not share a common ethnic identity. Katherine Palmer Kaup explores why the CCP in effect created the Zhuang nationality. Why did it launch a massive propaganda campaign to increase nationality consciousness? How is the party now responding to the Zhuang's assertive political demands?" "This study unveils the unique culture of the Zhuang people, showing at the same time the CCP's skillful balancing of ethnic and regional loyalties over the past fifty years to integrate the diversity of China's ethnic mosaic."--Jacket.
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