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The Traveling Minzu
Uyghur Muslim Migration and the Negotiation of Identities

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ISBN 9781032195209
March 4, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Based on Uyghur business migrants’ everyday experiences, this book investigates how individuals embody and deploy minzu, one of the fundamental concepts in Chinese political and socio-economic discourses after 1949 in China and how this concept travels to Australia with the migrants.

By exploring Uyghurs at the Tarim restaurant in Ürümchi, Uyghur migrants in other major cities in China, and finally the immigrants in multicultural Australia, the author explains how they perceive the concept of minzu and how such concept and an identity has been reformed and reshaped in specific social and economic contexts. She argues that these Uyghur migrants’ minzu concept has closely intertwined with citizenship, which not only entails a set of legally defined rights and obligations but also the sense of equality and respect. The book provides a new way of reflecting on who are the "Chinese" and what form the "Chineseness" in a transnational context. Following the minzu concept in China and Australia, this book shows how cultural intimacy and critical multiculturalism can provide better socio-cultural space for various Muslim migrant communities.

This book will be appealing to social and cultural anthropologists and university students who are interested in China and Inner Asia, ethnicity and transnational migration between China and the South Pacific.

Table of Contents

1 Minzu: a Key Concept in Uyghur Migration  2 Uyghur Restaurants: Social Space and Internal Diversity  3 Food and Body in China’s Islamophobia  4 Multiculturalism and State Kinship  5 Citizenship between China and Australia  6 Becoming Australian Uyghurs

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Mei Ding currently works as an assistant professor at School of Social Development and Public Policy in Fudan University, China. She is a social anthropologist with research interests in China’s ethnic minorities, including Muslim small and medium businesses. Her current interest is in ethnicity and medical anthropology. Her recent publication includes Cultural Intimacy in Ethnicity (2020), and Security matters in Marriage (2018).