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Great Han: Race, Nationalism, and Tradition in China Today

Kevin Carrico


The Great Han: Race, Nationalism, and Tradition in China Today is an ethnographic study of China’s Han Clothing Movement, a racial nationalist and neo-traditionalist group that has emerged in cities across China since 2001. The movement’s stated mission is promoting a purportedly ancient style of ethnic clothing for the Han race, to revitalize tradition and thus revitalize the Han and its nation, China. The first half of the book examines the movement’s origins, tracing its emergence within the cracks and contradictions of Han and Chinese identity. Caught between the boundless and romanticized ... More

Keywords: race, nationalism, tradition, identity, Han, China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520295490
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520295490.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Carrico, author
Macquarie University