Towards a 'harmonious society'? A brief case study of the post-liberation settlement in Beijing of Uyghur intellectuals and their relations with the majority society

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Qarluq, Abduresit Jelil and McMillen, Donald Hugh. 2011. "Towards a 'harmonious society'? A brief case study of the post-liberation settlement in Beijing of Uyghur intellectuals and their relations with the majority society." Asian Ethnicity. 12 (1), pp. 1-31. https://doi.org/10.1080/14631369.2010.510876
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Towards a 'harmonious society'? A brief case study of the post-liberation settlement in Beijing of Uyghur intellectuals and their relations with the majority society

ERA Journal ID9451
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsQarluq, Abduresit Jelil (Author) and McMillen, Donald Hugh (Author)
Journal TitleAsian Ethnicity
Journal Citation12 (1), pp. 1-31
Number of Pages31
Year2011
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon, UK
ISSN1463-1369
1469-2953
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14631369.2010.510876
Abstract

Currently, the construction of a 'Harmonious Society' is an important yet challenging official project in the People’s Republic of China. Under Chinese Communist Party supervision, the government has undertaken some measures to
achieve this goal. In the country's capital, Beijing, the majority society ('social majority') is composed of peoples considered to be Han Chinese, but the population there also includes representatives from 55 recognised minority society
groups. Many such latter groups, especially Uyghurs and Tibetans, have long maintained distinctive cultural traditions, practices, languages, and 'memories' from those of the majority society – and are 'different' in physical
appearance, customary dress and other features. Officially, however, all are 'Chinese citizens'. Recently, some negative and disharmonious trends have appeared in majority-minority relations. Based on academic fieldwork research,
this essay focuses on 'Uyghur intellectuals' in Beijing, analytically discussing their relationships with the majority society there, identifying issues and problems in
those relationships, and offering informed, constructive suggestions to achieve a more 'Harmonious Society' in China.

KeywordsChina (People’s Republic of China); Uyghur intellectuals; Harmonious Society; majority/minority societies; multicultural policies (multiculturalism); floating population
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440107. Social and cultural anthropology
470212. Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies
441013. Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
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Byline AffiliationsCentral University for Nationalities, China
School of Humanities and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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