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- DescriptionThe Lahu, with a population of around 470,000, inhabit the mountainous country in Yunnan Province bordering on Burma, Laos and northern Thailand. Buddhists, with a long history of resistance to the Chinese Han majority, the Lahu are currently facing a serious collapse of their traditional social system, with the highest suicide rate in the world, large scale human trafficking of their women, alcoholism and poverty. This book, based on extensive original research including long-term anthropological research among the Lahu, provides an overview of the traditional way of life of the Lahu, their social system, culture and beliefs, and discusses the ways in which these are changing. It shows how the Lahu are especially vulnerable because of their lack of political representatives and a state educated elite which can engage with, and be part of, the government administrative system. The Lahu are one of many relatively small ethnic minorities in China - overall the book provides an example of how the Chinese government approaches these relatively small ethnic minorities.
- Author BiographyJianxiong Ma is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Humanities at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
- Author(s)Jianxiong Ma
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication04/09/2012
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleRoutledge Contemporary China Series
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note90 black & white illustrations, 2 black & white tables, 78 black & white halftones, 12 black & white line drawings
- Weight544 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine20 mm
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