China serves as home to 56 official ethnic groups. The largest groups, the Han, make up over 92% of China's vast population, and it is the the elements of Han civilization that world considers "Chinese culture". Yet, the 55 ethnic minorities, residing on the northern, southern and western frontier of Chinese territory, maintain their own rich traditions and customs, and all are part of Chinese culture.

What is the pathfinder about?

This pathfinder is designed as a starting point to aid the beginning researchers in areas of East Asian studies, Chinese studies and anthropology in finding information on Chinese Ethnic groups contained on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus and in the Davis Library in particular.  It is a guide to important sources; including, but not limited to, books, journal articles, reference works, and electronic resources. Both Chinese and English materials are selected to appeal to a wider audience, therefore knowledge of both languages would help the audience to make the best of this pathfinder. The Gallery is a featured section which showcases the multicultural profile of Chinese people. However, being a fragment of the whole picture, the gallery best serves the introduction to the people, costumes and some traditions. For indepth studies, user need to turn to more resources listed by the pathfinder.


Last updated on 5/6/2005 by Xi Chen []