Frontier People shows how the Han themselves have been directly involved in the process of transformation within these areas where they have settled. Their perceptions of the minority natives, their “old home,” other immigrants, and their own role in the areas are examined in relation to the official discourse on the migrations. This study contests conventional ways of presenting Han immigrants in minority areas as a homogeneous group of colonizers with shared identification, equal class status, and access to power.
Acknowledgments Map 1. Introduction: Chinese Colonial Projects and the Resettlement of Han 2. Han Immigrants and their Work in Minority Areas 3. Dynamic Encounters : Being Han in a Minority Area 4. Han Families and Images of Home 5. Rationalising Resettlement: Contested Notions of Han ‘Migrants’ 6. Han Immigrants’ Images of Ethnic Minorities Afterword Bibliography Character List Index