Invisible China: a journey through ethnic borderlands

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Chicago Review Press,
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c2009.
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In this eloquent and eye-opening adventure narrative, Colin Legerton and Jacob Rawson, two Americans fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Uyghur, throw away the guidebook and bring a hitherto unexplored side of China to light. They journey over 14,000 miles by bus and train to the farthest reaches of the country to meet the minority peoples who dwell there, talking to farmers in their fields, monks in their monasteries, fishermen on their skiffs, and herders on the steppe.

            In Invisible China, they engage in a heated discussion of human rights with Daur and Ewenki village cadres; celebrate Muhammad’s birthday with aging Dongxiang hajjis who recount the government’s razing of their mosque; attend mass with old Catholic Kinh fishermen at a church that has been forty years without a priest; hike around high-altitude Lugu Lake to farm with the matrilineal Mosuo women; and descend into a dry riverbed to hunt for jade with Muslim Uyghur merchants. As they uncover surprising facts about China’s hidden minorities and their complex position in Chinese society, they discover the social ramifications of inconsistent government policies--and some deep human truths as well.

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table_of_contents I. The northeast -- Hunters of the hinterlands: the Daur, Ewenki, Oroqen, and Hezhen -- Immigrants and emigrants: the Koreans -- The windswept kingdom: the Mongolians -- II. The southwest -- Fishermen of the south sea: the Kinh -- Valley of the headhunters: the Wa -- Selling ethnicity: the Naxi -- The country of daughters: the Mosuo -- III. The northwest -- Left behind: the Dongxiang -- Prayers on the plateau: the Tibetans -- The sweltering oasis: the Uyghurs -- Yaks and yurts: the Tajiks -- IV. The east -- Chinese Jews? -- Final thoughts: a day at the Chinese ethnic culture park.
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