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Thread: Is Chinese an ethnicity?

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    Is Chinese an ethnicity?

    Well, what do you think, is Chinese an ethnicity?
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    Re: Is Chinese an ethnicity?

    If you use the conventional definition that an ethnic group is united by a common language, religion, culture, etc. then the answer is definately no. There are various languages spoken among the so-called 'Han' people and if anyone think that there is a unified culture, they haven't done a lot of travelling within China. There are such considerable linguistic and cultural differences between Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Guilin, Chongqing, Xining and many other places that any notion that they have a common cultural affinity is laughable.
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    Re: Is Chinese an ethnicity?

    Of course not, the "Chinese people" are composed of many different ethnic groups.

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    List of ethnic groups in China - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Re: Is Chinese an ethnicity?

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    Well, what do you think, is Chinese an ethnicity?
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    Re: Is Chinese an ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Well, what do you think, is Chinese an ethnicity?
    Using the exact definition, no. Chinese is a nationality, not an ethnicity. Using more colloquial terms, yes, Chinese is an ethnicity. Approximately 95% of Chinese are the same ethnic group (Han).

    China is a much more homogeneous society than most large countries. If you asked that question but replaced Chinese with Indian, American, Indonesian, Pakistani, Brazilian, or Russian, then I would definitely say no. Those countries are all melting pots. But if any large nation can plausibly make the claim to being a single ethnicity, it is China.
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    Re: Is Chinese an ethnicity?

    If one takes what some of them say seriously one would think the Han are a superior species.

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    Re: Is Chinese an ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Using the exact definition, no. Chinese is a nationality, not an ethnicity. Using more colloquial terms, yes, Chinese is an ethnicity. Approximately 95% of Chinese are the same ethnic group (Han).

    China is a much more homogeneous society than most large countries. If you asked that question but replaced Chinese with Indian, American, Indonesian, Pakistani, Brazilian, or Russian, then I would definitely say no. Those countries are all melting pots. But if any large nation can plausibly make the claim to being a single ethnicity, it is China.
    Do you honestly believe that the Han are as homogenous as you imply?
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    Re: Is Chinese an ethnicity?

    Homogenous? No. Shared identity and consciousness? Yes. The light skinned folks in the north and the dark skinned folks in Guangdong all see themselves as Han. The Cantonese weren't originally Han. But their assimilation was so effective and complete that they have long seen themselves as Han.

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    Re: Is Chinese an ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Do you honestly believe that the Han are as homogenous as you imply?
    The Han are pretty homogeneous as an ethnicity...not much miscegenation or immigration in China. Certainly not as much as you'd find in most other large countries. Whether they're a "unified culture," as you put it, is an entirely separate matter. And I'd agree that they aren't, as it's impossible to find 1.3 billion people who are culturally similar to one another.
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    Re: Is Chinese an ethnicity?

    Well, compared to the multi-cultural mess some of us laughingly call the us the chinese would certainly qualify as both unified and nationalistic. These are two ingredients for a very successful society, and it shows.
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