The Lahu Minority in Southwest China : A Response to Ethnic Marginalization on the Frontier
The Lahu, with a population of around 470,000, inhabit the mountainous country in Yunnan Province bordering on Burma, Laos and northern Thailand. Buddhists, with a long history of resistance to the Chinese Han majority, the Lahu are currently facing a serious collapse of their traditional social system, with the highest suicide rate in the world, large scale human trafficking of their women, alcoholism and poverty. This book, based on extensive original research including long-term anthropological research among the Lahu, provides an overview of the traditional way of life of the Lahu, their social system, culture and beliefs, and discusses the ways in which these are changing. It shows how the Lahu are especially vulnerable because of their lack of political representatives and a state educated elite which can engage with, and be part of, the government administrative system. The Lahu are one of many relatively small ethnic minorities in China - overall the book provides an example of how the Chinese government approaches these relatively small ethnic minorities.
- Paperback | 290 pages
- 62 x 91 x 5mm | 408.23g
- 01 Nov 2014
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 90 black & white illustrations, 2 black & white tables, 78 black & white halftones, 12 black & white line drawings
"The book accomplishes its task of bringing depth to a reform contemporary Lahu community largely by the strength of its ethnographic description and the thoughtfulness of its narrative." - Kevin Caffrey, Harvard University, USA, China Information 2013 "Overall, as an engrained ethnography concerning the Lahu people, this book will be a very helpful resource for scholars and graduate students interested in the complexity of ethnic polity in China and Southeast Asia, along with the relationship between the state and marginalized ethnic groups in general." -Shanshan Du (Tulane University)
About Jianxiong Ma
Jianxiong Ma is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Humanities at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Table of contents
1. Introduction 2. The Escape of E Sha Buddha: Ethnicity and Political Movements in the Black River Valley 3. Death Threat and Self-negation: Tension and Pressure in the Spiritual World 4. Marriage and Land Property: Bilateral Non-lineal Kinship and Communal Authority 5. 'To Become Wives of the Han': Conflicts, Marriage Squeeze and Resettlement of Women 6. Poverty Reduction and Education 7. Suicide as a Cultural Response and an Indicator of the Change of Social Relationships 8. Concluding Remarks