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Race and Nation: Ethnic Systems in the Modern World (review)

Race and Nation: Ethnic Systems in the Modern World (review) Book Reviews development priorities--has scarcely changed since Fei Xiaotong and other ethnographers surveyed the Miao in the 1950s. On the Taiwan side of the equation, ethnic distinctiveness has become a rallying cry for political independence. It is not surprising that the only recent Chinese-language scholarship on Miao albums cited by Hostetler originates in Taiwan, where the field of aboriginal studies is booming. Ethnic consciousness in Chinese history has really only begun to be studied. Although some findings may be disheartening, concepts of ethnicity, whether part of a colonial project or not, offer an invaluable corrective to the image of China as the exclusive purlieu of the Han, or one that they ruled through peaceable means exclusively. (Recent studies of the "Manchuness" of the Qing ruling house are also an essential part of this overall project.) Although Hostetler's works do not definitively answer all questions about "Chinese colonialism," they are collectively a vital contribution to this emerging field. This Miao album is a tantalizing glimpse of the kinds of rich resources that await further analysis. shana j. brown University of Hawai`i at Mänoa Race and Nation: Ethnic Systems in the Modern World. Edited by paul spickard. Routledge: New York, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Race and Nation: Ethnic Systems in the Modern World (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 18 (2) – Jul 3, 2007

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Abstract

Book Reviews development priorities--has scarcely changed since Fei Xiaotong and other ethnographers surveyed the Miao in the 1950s. On the Taiwan side of the equation, ethnic distinctiveness has become a rallying cry for political independence. It is not surprising that the only recent Chinese-language scholarship on Miao albums cited by Hostetler originates in Taiwan, where the field of aboriginal studies is booming. Ethnic consciousness in Chinese history has really only begun to be studied. Although some findings may be disheartening, concepts of ethnicity, whether part of a colonial project or not, offer an invaluable corrective to the image of China as the exclusive purlieu of the Han, or one that they ruled through peaceable means exclusively. (Recent studies of the "Manchuness" of the Qing ruling house are also an essential part of this overall project.) Although Hostetler's works do not definitively answer all questions about "Chinese colonialism," they are collectively a vital contribution to this emerging field. This Miao album is a tantalizing glimpse of the kinds of rich resources that await further analysis. shana j. brown University of Hawai`i at Mänoa Race and Nation: Ethnic Systems in the Modern World. Edited by paul spickard. Routledge: New York,

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 3, 2007

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