China’s Ethnic Minorities

October 12, 2008

Someone I know said (wrongly) something to the effect that “Almost everyone in the USA either came from another country, or their parents or grandparents or earlier ancestors did, so we’ve got all kinds of different ethnic groups here, but in China, everybody’s CHINESE!” 

Doh!

China’s largest ethnic group is the Han, but the country has dozens of ethnic minorities. Here is an alphabetic list from the Achang to the Manchu to the Zhuang. A link from each minority name goes to info about that group’s population size, major area of distribution/settlement, language, religion, customs, past socio-economic life, and post-liberation life, as it’s called.

If you are amazed and surprised by the information, then you really needed to read it!

http://english.people.com.cn/data/minorities/ethnic_minorities.html

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