Sinicizing the Uyghurs

Ang, J. (2016). Sinicizing the Uyghurs. Peace Review28(4), 399-406. Link

 

Intro paragraph:

Since imperial times, China has been conceptualized as a civilization and not as a political nation-state. Its self-image was built on the cultural distinction between Xia, the higher culture and civilization of the Han people, who led an agriculture-based sedentary lifestyle, as opposed to Yi, meaning barbarians who were mainly nomadic herders. As a cultural notion, non-Han people can become Chinese or Zhongguoren (Chinese people) if they embrace Han civilization—its culture (rituals and institutions) and economic development. Zhongguoren is thus not a racial notion, but a cultural concept, and it is with this conceptualization of the state and its people in mind that Chinese imperialism operates on a principle of assimilation, in which it works to acculturate foreign peoples to become Zhongguoren.

 

This was… an interesting read… I believe the author was trying not to take sides so there are arguments I agree with and disagree with… so yeah… interesting.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s