China's Ethnic Minorities
Social and Economic Indicators
By Rongxing Guo
Routledge – 2013 – 242 pages
The majority of China’s population is the Han. Up to now, China has officially identified, except for other unknown ethnic groups and foreigners with Chinese citizenship, 55 ethnic minorities. Ethnic minorities vary widely in size in China. With a population of more than 15 million, the Zhuang have been the largest minority group, and the Lhoba, with only 2,000 or more, the smallest. China’s ethnic diversity has resulted in a special socioeconomic landscape of China itself. This book sets out to collect and estimate a full set of data on the socioeconomic situations of China’s ethnic minorities.
Until the present, a complete socioeconomic picture of China’s ethnic groups still remains unclear from China’s official sources. How different have China’s ethnic minorities been in every sphere of daily life and economic development during the country’s fast transition period? In order to answer these questions, we need a detailed and comparable set of data for each of China’s ethnic minorities.
The book provides, in an easy-to-use format, a broad collection of data on China’s 55 ethnic minorities. It is a resource book that profiles the demography, employment and wages, livelihood, agriculture, industry, education, science and technology, culture, sports, and public health for each of these ethnic minorities. These indicators, estimated by the author based on materials gathered from a variety of sources and clearly presented in one volume, will be of great value to researchers, businesses, government agencies, and news media.
Rongxing Guo is Professor and Head of the Regional Economics Committee, Regional Science Association of China (RSAC) at Peking University, Beijing. He has served with the OECD in Paris and at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. He has taught at China University of Mining and Technology, Korea University, Trier University in Germany, and Gakushuin University in Tokyo.