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Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China$
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Stevan Harrell

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520219885

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520219885.001.0001

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Nationalities Conflict and Ethnicity in the People's Republic of China, with Special Reference to the Yi in the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture

Nationalities Conflict and Ethnicity in the People's Republic of China, with Special Reference to the Yi in the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture

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(p.214) Chapter 13 Nationalities Conflict and Ethnicity in the People's Republic of China, with Special Reference to the Yi in the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture
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Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China
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Thomas Heberer

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520219885.003.0014

This chapter discusses the contradictions between the idea of local autonomy for China's minority peoples and the economic and policy imperatives of a centralizing government and Party. Dealing specifically with the case of Liangshan Prefecture, it shows how the current Autonomy Law is a law without teeth, a statement of principles without any measures for enforcement, and how, in the absence of enforcement, the problems of a colony-like extractive economy and massive Han migration shed doubt on the future possibility of real local control of local resources.

Keywords:   local autonomy, China's minority, centralizing government, Liangshan Prefecture, Autonomy Law, enforcement, massive Han migration

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