Hui (Muslim) Identities and Subjectivity in North-West Yunnan: A Case Study of “Zang-Hui” Identity in Diqing Zang (Tibetan) Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan, China

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This article focuses on the “Zang( Tibetan)-(Muslim) Hui” communities in Diqing Zang (Tibetan) Autonomous Prefecture and explores “Zang-Hui” identity based on the author’s fieldwork in 2007. It will analyze the features of “Zang-Hui” identity, represent the subjectivity of those involved, and challenge the notion that the origins of the Muslim Hui people are multi-cultural but Muslim Hui identity is singular. This research demonstrates that ethnic boundaries are blurring and fluid; social memories, collective imaginations and the subjectivity of the local people constitute the major factors of “Zang-Hui” identity, while cultural traits only serve as superficial evidence.


Keywords: “Zang (Tibetan)-(Muslim )Hui”, Identity, Intermarriage, Subjectivity
Stream: Identity and Belonging; the Politics of Diversity; Globalisation
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Zhihong Bai

Associate Professor, Research Center for Social and Economic Behaviors, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics
Kunming, Yunnan Province, China

Joy Zhihong Bai is joining the Research Center for Social and Economic Behaviors at Yunnan University of Finance and Economics from the Center for Southwest Ethnic Minority Studies at Yunnan University. She has been working among ethnic minorities in Yunnan, Southeast China for years and received her PhD in anthropology from the Australian National University.

Ref: D08P0387