Start searching »

The Han: China's Diverse Majority

Agnieszka Joniak-Luthi

978 0 295 74178 9
List price(s):

Publication date:
1 March 2017

Full description: 

This ethnography explores contemporary narratives of Han-ness, revealing the nuances of what Han identity means today in relation to that of the fifty-five officially recognized minority ethnic groups in China, as well as in relation to home place identities and the countrys national identity. Based on research she conducted among native and migrant Han in Shanghai and Beijing, Aqsu (in Xinjiang), and the Sichuan-Yunnan border area, Agnieszka Joniak-Luthi uncovers and discusses these identity topographies. Bringing into focus the Han majority, which has long acted as an unexamined backdrop to ethnic minorities, Joniak-Luthi contributes to the emerging field of critical Han studies as she considers how the Han describe themselves - particularly what unites and divides them - as well as the functions of Han identity and the processes through which it is maintained and reproduced.

The Han will appeal to scholars and students of contemporary China, anthropology, and ethnic and cultural studies.

Table of contents: 

Foreword by Stevan HarrellAcknowledgments Introduction1. Narrating the Han2. Contemporary Narratives of Han-ness3. Topographies of Identity4. Othering, Exclusion, and Discrimination5. Fragmented Identities, the Han Minzu, and EthnicityEpilogue NotesGlossary of Chinese CharactersReferences Index


Agnieszka Joniak-Luthi is a postdoctoral researcher of social and cultural anthropology at Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, and a Crossroads Asia Research Fellow.




Facebook icon    twitter icon    RSS icon is an initiative of the International Insitute for Asian Studies