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An Ethnohistorical Dictionary of China by James S Olson

By James S Olson

Considering the fact that Deng Xiaoping's financial reforms started within the early Nineteen Eighties, the People's Republic of China has rejoined international politics as a global strength. the rustic is probably going to turn into extra open and its inner politics will doubtless have an effect on the remainder of the realm. With greater than 1.2 billion humans divided into thousands of ethnic teams, all ruled through the Han humans, China's politics and its international coverage are absolute to be stricken by ethnicity and ethnic contention. This ebook is designed to provide librarians, scholars, students, and knowledgeable readers a prepared reference of heritage details for reading ethnic occasions in China.

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Beisijiu is one of the five mutually intelligible dialects of the Puyuma* language spoken by an indigenous people living on Taiwan in the Republic of China. BHOTIA 25 BEIYI. See DAI. BEN. See BAIMA, QIANG, or TIBETAN. BENDI. The Bendi people are a subgroup of the Li* people of Hainan Island in the People’s Republic of China. Most Bendis speak one of two mutually intelligible dialects: Baisha and Yuanmen. The total number of Bendi speakers exceeds 50,000 people. BENDIREN. See GELAO and MULAM. BENGLONG.

The Baimas form one of the smaller subgroups, in terms of population, of the Qiang* peoples of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). ’’ They have also been known historically as the Baima Zangren or White Horse People. Their language is one of the Qiang dialects and is part of the Qiang branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. No written script exists for Qiang, and a Chinese dialect is gradually becoming the native language of more and more Baimas. 22 BAIMA ZANGREN The Baimas live in the mountain passes separating the Chinese lowlands in the east from the Tibetan highlands to the west.

They are less likely than other Pakistani Muslims to observe their daily prayers, fast during Ramadan, and regularly attend the local mosque. BURYAT 37 For centuries, the Hunza Valley in the Karakoram Range was one of the most isolated territories of the world. In 1978, however, Chinese and Pakistani workers completed construction of the Karakoram Highway, which cut directly through the Hunza Valley, linking up the region to commercial trade routes between Pakistan and the People’s Republic of China.

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