Towards a People’s Anthropology – Chapter two

Towards a People’s Anthropology – Chapter two


Book title:  Towards a People’s Anthropology
Author: Fei Xiaotong
Book series name and number:  Understanding China and the World series Vol. 1, No. 1
Book series editors: ZHENG Hangsheng and Xiangqun Chang
Numbers of page: 200
Publishers: London: Global China Press; Beijing: New World Press
Publishing date: November 2018
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 244x170mm
ISBN 978-1-913522-00-1 (paperback, English)
Price: £25.99
ISBN 978-1-913522-01-8 (hardback, English)
Price: £51.99
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Chapter two concluded: “The steel industry in Inner Mongolia and the oil industry in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have become important industrial bases for China’s socialist construction. The Chengdu (Chengtu)-Kunming Railway traverses minority areas in the southwest and has become an important economic artery. Socialism not only liberates the laborer and the means of production from the old society; it also sets free Nature which the old society was unable to exploit.”

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Chapter Two

China’s national minorities – an introductory survey

CHINA is a beautiful land. The ancestors of its various nationalities have, since antiquity, labored and multiplied on this vast, bountiful land. In developing the resources of their country, they have demonstrated ingenuity and inventiveness. Cultural relics unearthed over the years bear witness to trade, cultural exchange and mutual influence among the various nationalities. They demonstrate eloquently that the splendid civilization we have inherited is the fruit of the joint efforts of all the nationalities who have worked together diligently and valiantly generation after generation. Each nationality has made its own contribution, and no nationality can claim exclusive credit for itself.

It was on this common economic, political and cultural basis that some 200 years before Christ, Qinshihuang (Chinshihuang), the First Emperor, accomplished the historic mission of founding a centralized, unified state. This marked a great beginning. Since then, China’s various nationalities have lived together in a unitary country. This has improved unity, promoted growth and is in the vital interest of the people of all China’s nationalities. National solidarity and unification of the country have been the main current in China’s history.