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The Han Population in the Tibetan-inhabited Areas

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622092020.003.0003
The Han Population in the Tibetan-inhabited Areas

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Claims made by exiled Tibetans explain that 7.5 million Han Chinese have migrated to their lands and thus account for Tibet's majority, and a number of sources openly accept this information without question. However, the Chinese government denies this claim as they assert that herdsmen and farmers have not been allowed to migrate to the area. Also, only a few government employees moved to Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) and acquired positions in government institutions for a limited time period. The need for utilizing demographic analyses arises in the need to determine which claims are reliable. This chapter identifies two fundamental issues that have to be discussed since the numbers produced by TAR and TIR do not match. The first concerns whether the opposing sides are referring to the same geographical area of “Tibet”. The second issue involves identifying temporary and permanent residents as well as circular employees and spontaneous laborers.

Keywords: migration; Han Chinese; residents; circular employees; spontaneous laborers; majority

Chapter.  12455 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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