Wednesday, April 28, 2010

China's Ethnic Minorities

I was forwarded an email that was making its rounds on cyberspace. In it were family photos of 55 ethnic groups of China. It seems the photographer went around China to capture them in each of their unique and brilliant traditional costumes. I decided to paste them here in my blog for posterity and as aid to identification of ethnic groups. My thanks to the photographer for the wonderful work done.

Actually, the People's Republic of China officially lists 56 ethnic groups, one of which is the majority Han Chinese, the same group carrying the 'Chinese' tag as found in Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, USA, Canada and all over the world where there is a Chinese community or a Chinatown.

Also due to political reasons, the PRC includes the Ethnic Minorities in Taiwan which PRC terms as 'Gaoshan' people. They are the indigenous people found only in Taiwan and not found on mainland China.

Some of the ethnic groups form the majority population in countries neighbouring PRC: Mongol (Mongolia), Korean (North & South Korea), Kazak (Kazakhstan), Kirgiz (Kyrgyzstan), Tajik (Tajikistan), Jing (Vietnam), Russian (Russia) and Ozbek (Uzbekistan).

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Photos below arranged top to bottom according to decreasing population size.