The Geographic Distribution and Changes in the Tibetan Population of China

Rong MA

in Population and Society in Contemporary Tibet

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9789622092020
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207288 | DOI:
The Geographic Distribution and Changes in the Tibetan Population of China

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There are only limited data and unreliable records determining the size of the Tibetan population. This chapter attempts to review relevant information derived from a vast pool of literature, particularly from before the 1950s, to compile data regarding the Tibetan population. Censuses pursued by the People's Republic of China have been derived from indirect surveys or local authority reports. The census staff were able to conduct direct interviews and record information about the population in 1982. While data from 1990 and 2000 covered all of Tibet's regions, the data from these three censuses together have been widely accepted, even by the United Nations. Using the opportunity to look into Tibet's population dynamics, this chapter focuses on studying the changes experienced by the population particularly in terms of geographic distribution patterns.

Keywords: population; census; direct interviews; population dynamics; geographic distribution patterns

Chapter.  9156 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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