The Yi Health Care System in Liangshan and Chuxiong

Liu Xiaoxing

in Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780520219885
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935259 | DOI:
The Yi Health Care System in Liangshan and Chuxiong

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This chapter treats the changes in the health care system, and more significantly the lack of change in and the persistence of traditional healers, as another instance of the contradiction between ethnic autonomy and a centralized, state project of modernization. As with modern schooling, the discussion finds that both Nuosu in Liangshan and Lipo in Chuxiong freely resort to cosmopolitan medicine when they see it as efficacious. But officials cannot understand why the Yi, when faced with what the officials see as the overwhelming superiority of scientific medicine, do not just reject their traditional healers and remedies outright and modernize their lives. They perceive both kinds of therapies to be efficacious in different ways and choose one or both according to their particular circumstances.

Keywords: health care system; traditional healers; ethnic autonomy; modernization; cosmopolitan medicine; Nuosu; Liangshan; scientific medicine

Chapter.  7169 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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