Title

Manufacturing Naxi’s original ecological culture in contemporary China

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Asian Ethnicity

Publication Date

2015

Volume

16

Issue

4

First Page

549

Last Page

567

Publisher

Routledge

Keywords

Original Ecological Culture (Yuanshengtai), Naxi, Ethnic Identity, Self-Representation, Cosmopolitanism

Abstract

For over a decade, original ecological (yuanshengtai原生态) has contested ethnic (minzu) as an influential framework in representing minority folk culture in Chinese official and popular media. This article explores the ideological implications of such a shift in the context of state-minority relationships. By examining Han elites’ invention of the neologism and Naxi elites’ adaptations, I argue that YST transforms local ethnic categories into a transethnic, translocal, and transnational concept, and therefore allows both the nation state and the minority groups to promote their own versions of ethnic identities. Compared to the antagonistic model between state domination and minority resistance, YST reflects a shift from minority political self-determination to cultural self-representation in the drastically changing global environments.

DOI

10.1080/14631369.2015.1028025

Print ISSN

14631369

E-ISSN

14692953

Publisher Statement

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Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Du, C. (2015). Manufacturing Naxi’s original ecological culture in contemporary China. Asian Ethnicity, 16(4), 549-567. doi: 10.1080/14631369.2015.1028025

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