Family, Ethnicity and State

in Chinese Culture

under the Impact of Globalization


Edited by Han Min and Kawai Hironao


This collection of papers from a project of National Museum of Ethnology, Japan, aims to unite anthropologists in an international collaborative research to reexamine the dynamics of family, ethnicity, and the nation-state in China and overseas Chinese society. Using fieldwork, this book sheds light on the interactions between state, society, and identity through a variety of channels, such as family, lineage, kinship or quasi-kinship network, national frameworks such as religion association, Minority Autonomous Regions, and ethnic dress.  Our research demonstrates that even for the same cultural phenomenon, the discourses at the common, the elite, and the institutional levels will be adjusted with the needs of the social context, market economy, and global networks.


About the Editors

Han Min, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Social Research at the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Osaka, Japan. Her research focuses on cultural change and the continuity of Chinese society under socialism and globalization.  She has published books in English as well as Japanese and Chinese.

Kawai Hironao is Assistant Professor at the Center for Research Development, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan.