The Great Han: Race, Nationalism, and Tradition in China Today

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Univ of California Press, Aug 29, 2017 - Social Science - 264 pages
The Great Han is an ethnographic study of the Han Clothing Movement, a neotraditionalist and racial nationalist movement that has emerged in China since 2001. Participants come together both online and in person in cities across China to revitalize their utopian vision of the authentic “Great Han” and corresponding “real China” through pseudotraditional ethnic dress, reinvented Confucian ritual, and anti-foreign sentiment. Analyzing the movement’s ideas and practices, this book argues that the vision of a pure, perfectly ordered, ethnically homogeneous, and secure society is in fact a fantasy constructed in response to the challenging realities of the present. Yet this national imaginary is reproduced precisely through its own perpetual elusiveness. The Great Han is a pioneering analysis of Han identity, nationalism, and social movements in a rapidly changing China.
 

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Contents

Sign in a Guangzhou underpass reads vitality happiness
1
Fantasy and Failure
16
harmony and advancing forward
28
Han Trouble and the Ethnic Cure
34
Enthusiasts wearing Han Clothing in Beijing
36
Image of Chinas fiftysix nationalities
42
The Han within the national family closeup of figure 3
43
A propaganda poster advocating solidarity reflects conventional majority and minority representations via clothing and skin color Haikou
47
The people of Panyu staring at Han Clothing enthusiasts
107
The people of Panyu staring at Han Clothing enthusiasts
108
Coming of age ceremony Shenzhen
109
Enthusiasts posing for photographs Baiyun Mountain Guangzhou
123
The Manchu in the Mirror
131
Han Clothing enthusiasts commemorate the 99th anniversary of the antiManchu revolution at Guangzhous Tomb of the 72 Martyrs
137
Gendered enactments of Hanness Guangzhou
161
Gendered enactments of Hanness Guangzhou
162

Ethnic clothing for rent Splendid China Shenzhen
49
The Personal Origins of Collective Identity
69
Demolition surrealism in Tsin Village Guangzhou
83
Between
96
Enthusiasts wearing Han Clothing Zhengzhou
97
Photobombing Han Clothing enthusiasts Lunar New Year Flower Market Guangzhou
104
Neotraditionalism in China Today
191
Notes
219
Character Glossary
241
Bibliography
247
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Kevin Carrico is Lecturer in the Department of International Studies at Macquarie University and the translator of Tsering Woeser's Tibet on Fire.

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