“They Came With Their Hands Tied Behind Their Backs”

Melissa J. Brown

in Is Taiwan Chinese?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780520231818
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927940 | DOI:
“They Came With Their Hands Tied Behind Their Backs”

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This chapter reconstructs identity and cultural changes among Tujia and their ancestors in Hubei. It analyzes the state identification and classification of the Tujia in the 1950s, and investigates the local identities and culture in a village called Wucun from before the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. The analysis reveals that both locals and outsiders in Enshi appear to have thought of themselves as Han prior to 1949, and the chapter suggests that state officials classified locals as non-Han for cultural reasons.

Keywords: identity change; cultural changes; Tujia; Hubei; state identification; state classification; China; Enshi

Chapter.  18141 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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