Creating the Zhuang: Ethnic Politics in China

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Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000 - History - 221 pages
"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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Contents

Guangxi and Yunnan
25
Tables
31
The Decision
51
The Consolidation of Central Control
73
The Expansion of Regional Autonomy and
111
The Creation and Promotion of
125
Development and Disparity
149
Indicators 1993
152
The Rise and Fall? of Zhuang Ethnic Nationalism
171
Figures
196
Bibliography
199
Index
215
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