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Empire at the MarginsCulture, Ethnicity, and Frontier in Early Modern China$
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Pamela KyleCrossley

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230156

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230156.001.0001

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Ethnic Labels in a Mountainous Region: The Case of She “Bandits”

Ethnic Labels in a Mountainous Region: The Case of She “Bandits”

(p.254) (p.255) 9 Ethnic Labels in a Mountainous Region: The Case of She “Bandits”
Empire at the Margins

Wing-hoi Chan

University of California Press

The She is an ethnic group living in some mountainous areas of South China. The She occupy an important place in histories of the Hakka. The recent work of S. T. Leong on the Hakka still considers as fundamental the conflict between “the aboriginal She” and “the Han Chinese, long-standing residents and vagrants alike.” Like those who would become known as the Hakka, the She were mostly migrants that came out of the ordinary population. They found themselves in conflict with regular locals rather than with the aborigines in the borderland. Eventually the state established new administrative centers to enhance its control of the borderland and the integration of the newcomers into local society. This reduced the political salience of She identity.

Keywords:   She, South China, Hakka, Han Chinese, S. T. Leong, borderland

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