Inter-Cultural Conflict and Rewriting History: The Case of the Yi
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- cultural revival; Liangshan; Yi; ethnic minorities; China
thesis / dissertation description
This thesis examines why the Yi people of Liangshan ? who call themselves Nuosu ? in southwest China have been reviving their identity since the end of Mao?s Cultural Revolution. Ultimately, I conclude that internal pressure, or Yi desire to be Yi for identity?s sake only, is what best explains current trends in Yi cultural revival. I refute the claim that Yi cultural revival is best explained by reference to external incentives. I consider possible and general sources of external incentives and argue that they are not present, in compelling ways, to the Nuosu.