Ethnic Groups of North, East, and Central Asia: An Encyclopedia

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ABC-CLIO, Feb 10, 2014 - Social Science - 345 pages
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Asia is quickly becoming one of the most important regions of the world—culturally, economically, and politically. This work provides encyclopedic coverage of a wide array of Central, North, and East Asian ethnic groups, including those in eastern Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China, Taiwan, Japan, and the Koreas.

Arranged alphabetically by ethnic group, each entry provides an overview of the group that identifies its major population centers and population, primary languages and religions, parallels with other groups, origins and early development, major historic events, and cultural belief systems. Information on each group's typical ways of life, relations with neighboring groups, politics and recent history, notable challenges, demographic trends, and key figures is also included.

Special attention is focused on the numerous ethnic groups that make up China, one of the world's most populated countries. Sidebars throughout the text provide fascinating facts and information about specific groups to make the encyclopedia more accessible and appealing, while "Further Reading" sections at the end of each entry and the bibliography will provide ample additional resources for students performing in-depth research.

 

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Contents

Achang
1
Aimaq
3
Ainu
5
Akha
9
Altay
11
Aynu
14
Azeri
16
Bai
21
Manchu
171
Mansi
176
Maonan
178
Miao
180
Mongol
183
Monpa
187
Mulao
189
Nanai
193

Baluchi
25
Biao
29
Blang
31
Bonan
33
Bouyei
35
Bukharan Jews
38
Buryat
41
Chaunqing
45
Chukchi
47
Dai
51
Daur
54
Deang
57
Dekasegi
59
Derung
62
Dolgan
63
Dong
67
Dongxiang
69
Dungan
71
Ewenki
75
Gaoshan
79
Gelao
82
Gin
84
Hakka
87
Han
89
Hani
96
Hazara
98
Hezhe
103
Hui
106
Itelmen
111
Japanese
115
Jingpo
119
Jino
122
Juhuro
123
Karakalpak
129
Kazakh
132
Ket
137
Khakass
140
Khanty
143
Korean
145
Koryak
149
Kyrgyz
152
Lahu
159
Lhoba
161
Li
163
Lisu
164
Macanese
169
Naxi
195
Nenets
197
Nivkh
200
Nu
202
Nuristani
204
Oirat
209
Oroqen
211
Pamiri
215
Pashayi
217
Pashtun
219
Pumi
224
Qiang
227
Ryukyuan
231
Sakha
235
Salar
239
Selkup
241
She
243
Shor
245
Shui
248
Tajik
251
Talysh
257
Tat
260
Tibetan
263
Tu
268
Tujia
270
Turkmen
272
Tuvan
278
Ulch
283
Utsul
285
Uyghur
288
Uzbek
293
Va
299
Xibe
303
Yagnobi
307
Yao
310
Yi
314
Yugur
317
Yukaghir
320
Yupik
323
Zainichi
327
Zhuang
330
Geographical Index
335
Index
339
About the Author and Contributors
347
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James B. Minahan is an independent scholar who has written a number of reference books on international statehood and identity, including ABC-CLIO's Ethnic Groups of South Asia and the Pacific: An Encyclopedia.

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