Making A Difference: Bai Identity Construction in Dali

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Author: Bai Zhihong;
Language: English
Page: 335
Publication Date: 11/2010
ISBN: 9787509719183
In 1999, I became interested in the impact of tourism development on localBai gender roles in the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture (DBAP),Yunnan,China.0) I had encountered many rural Bai women in downtown Dali wholeft their husbands and children home in order to earn cash. This questionedthe assumed model of social division of labour previously in my mind andin many Chinese publications on the patriarchal Bai society.I wascurious about the newly acquired.

About Author
BAI Zhi hong, PhD (ANU), associate professor inthe Research School of Ethnic Minority Studiesand Centre for Southwest Borderland Ethnic Minority Studies at Yunnan University. Since1996, she has conducted extensive fieldworkamong the Yi, Bai, Zang (Tibetan) and Wacommunities in Yunnan. She has published inprestigious journals both in Chinese and English.Her research interests include ethnicity and ethnic identity, economic development amongindigenous peoples, gender, and social policy.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures
Illustrations of Bai Social Life
Chapter One Contextualising the Bai and the Research
Chapter Two The Making of Minzu and its Conceptual Implications
Chapter Three The Politics of Local Scholarly Making of the Bai
Chapter Four Partial Identity and the Different Degrees of Bai-ness
Chapter Five Identity Manifested in Religious Practices
Chapter Six Negotiating Interpretations and Identity-Making in an Annual Social Event: Gua sa na
Chapter Seven Ethnic Identities under the Tourist Gaze
Chapter Eight Becoming Ethnically Distinctive
Tables and Figures
Illustrations of Bai Social Life
Appendix 1: Bai Characters on Unearthed Tiles
Appendix 2: Poster for gua sa na west Town, 2005
Appendix 3: Web Sources and Printed Publications for gua sa na stories
Appendix 4: Gua sa na Income in Sunshine Village Temple, 2005
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Making A Difference: Bai Identity Construction in Dali