Although the "Han" Chinese constitute about 95 percent of the population of the PRC, they are much more diverse than most Westerners realize. The numerous subgroups of Han speak dialects that seem almost like different languages, and they have a wide range of cultural traditions (differing cuisines, operatic forms, life styles, and attitudes toward
Table of Contents
Preface -- China as Mosaic -- Origins of the Han Chinese -- The Sons of Han -- Beijing and the Northern Mandarin Peoples -- The Northwestern Mandarin Peoples, Including the Hui -- Sichuan Province and the Southwestern Mandarin Peoples -- The Eastern Mandarin Peoples -- The Wannan, or Huizhou, People of Anhui Province -- The Gan People of Jiangxi Province -- Hunan Province and the Xiang People -- Shanghai and the Wu Peoples -- Fuzhou and the Minbei Peoples -- The Seagoing Minnan Peoples -- The Cantonese and the Other Yue Peoples -- The Controversial Hakka: “Guests” from the North -- Larger Patterns: Unity and Diversity
Leo J. Moser is a Foreign Service officer and currently the director of the Center for the Study of Foreign Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.