Sunday, December 13, 2009

Portraits of the 56 Ethnic Groups of China

The People's Republic of China officially recognizes fifty-six ethnic groups in it's territory. This number ignores completely overlooked groups and claimed groups counted as something else. Also, the Republic of China claims that there are over a dozen ethnic minorities on Taiwan but the Communist government in Beijing counts them all as Gaosahn.

The website ChinaGate (for an non-Chinese website one can view ChinaHush) has "family portraits" of all the fifty-six recognized ethnic groups. The photos show extended families wearing traditional clothing.

The traditional clothing gives the feel of a propaganda piece. What would be really interesting to see is a picture of a real community of each ethnic group. Until then these family portraits are still neat to look at.

3 comments:

Dan tdaxp said...

I think Putin spit out his morning coffee when he got to the "Ethnic Russian" portrait ;-)

Michael said...

A sizable chunk of the Shanghai Cooperative Organization probably got a surprise . . .

Deaner said...

One of my students found this, The Nine Nations of China. It's a nice framework for teaching students about the physical and cultural diversity of China.

http://www.theatlantic.com/slideshows/china-nations/