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25 Minorities of Yunnan

Yunnan is a microcosm of China in the areas of minority affairs and nationality relations. The province has 25 minority groups, nearly half of the country's total ( 56 ethnic groups ) . With such ethnic diversity it is important to ask the question: what criteria are used to determine minority status and classification? Basically, there are five ways: Race , Language, Culture, Religion, History.

In Yunnan race is not a major consideration, as it is in northwest China where caucasian exist, Language and culture, however, are of primary interest because they are the basis for classfying most minority nationalities. Religion plays a role in groups such as the Hui ( Muslims ) who, to all intents and purposes, are Chinese except for their faith. Historical background can sometimes tip the balance in determining the status of a people. The Bai , who have a high cultural level and speak a language closedly related to Mandarin, are clearly not Chinese on the basis of their long, well-recorded and independent history .

25 Minorities in Yunnan    
The Bai Nationality The Hani Nationality The Dai Nationality
The Pumi Nationality The Bulang Nationality The Lisu Nationality
The Wa Nationality The Jingpo Nationality The Lahu Nationality
The Nu Nationality The Jinuo Nationality The Naxi Nationality
The Deang Nationality The Achang Nationality The Dulong Nationality
The Tibetan Nationality The Shui Nationality The Bouyei Nationality
The Miao Nationality The Mongol Nationality The Zhuang Nationality
The Hui Nationality The Yao Nationality The Yi Nationality
The Manzu Nationality    
The Peoples in Yunnan    
Mosuo people
Shani people Aini people

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