55 Other Chinas

Some time ago, I wrote a post on Uyghur Folk Music and in it I talked a little of my love for China’s ethnic minorities. A lot of people don’t realize that a lot of what we think of as “Chinese Culture” is really “Han Culture”- the dominant ethnic group in China- and that there actually 55 other ethnic groups who inhabit the country with their own histories, customs and languages/dialects. Today in the travel section of CNN I was excited to find an article about a journalist who spent a year traveling china’s borders and exploring all the different ethnic cities. Continue reading