Entry Title: "China's Outer Lands"
Category: Professional, Book (Series Only)
Chinas northeast, west, and southwest outer regions have been home to many different
ethnic groups: the Manchus, Uighurs, Bais, and Naxis, for example. Their languages and
religions were, and are, very different from those of the Han Chinese. Many of the people
in these outer regions, like the Uighurs and other peoples of Turkic ancestry, celebrate
Islam. These groups have historically been located at significant crossroads, and changes
in the balance of power over time have created waves of migrants looking for better lives.
Today, they face the phenomenon of Chinas massive economic development. Millions of
ethnic Han Chinese have migrated into these regions, and this has created enormous
economic disparity as well as conflicts between the old guard and the newcomers. In this
modern context, the people in Chinas outer provinces must struggle, whether consciously
or not, to redefine their identity.