Contestation and Adaptation: The Politics of National Identity in China
Dr. Enze Han, Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS, University of London
4-6pm, Wednesday 11 December
Room K-1.14, King's Building, Strand Campus
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Simmering grievances and occasional outbursts of social unrest among ethnic minority populations in China challenge not only the ruling party's legitimacy and governance, but also contemporary Chinese national identity and the territorial integrity of the Chinese state. However, of the fifty-five ethnic minority groups in China, only the Tibetans and Uyghurs have forcefully contested the idea of a Chinese national identity. Tackling this question, This paper compares the way five major ethnic minority groups in China negotiate their national identities with the Chinese nation-state: Uyghurs, Chinese Koreans, Dai, Mongols, and Tibetans. The talk hopes to shed light on the nation-building processes in China over the past six decades and the ways that different groups have resisted or acquiesced in their dealings with the Chinese state and majority Han Chinese society.
Dr. Enze Han is a lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS, University of London. He received his PhD in Political Science from George Washington University. His research interests include ethnic politics in China and China's foreign relations, especially with Southeast Asia.