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In the Land of the Eastern Queendom

The Politics of Gender and Ethnicity on the Sino-Tibetan Border

by Tenzin Jinba

Publication Year: 2013

Published by: University of Washington Press


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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright. Dedication

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pp. ix-xii

Th ere are many Tibets. There is the administrative Tibet Autonomous Region, a province of the People’s Republic of China. Th ere is the geopolitical Tibet of the Government in Exile and its overseas supporters. Th ere is the linguistic, religious, and cultural Tibet spread out over five provinces of China as well as parts of neighboring countries and diaspora communities...

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xvi

This book is about a small number of villagers at the far eastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau who are struggling to find a proper niche in the sociopolitical constitution of their native county, among the Gyarongwa and Tibetans, and in China. It is expected to build dialogue with two categories...


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pp. xvii-2

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pp. 3-9

In May 2005, an article in a local newspaper, “The Capital of the Eastern Queendom Comes to Light,” rocked Danba County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in Sichuan, China. Th e author, Uncle Pema—a cadre from Suopo Township in Danba—claimed that the capital of this legendary matriarchal kingdom was located precisely in Suopo. Key offi cials at both the...

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Chapter 1. Setting Foot in the Queen's Land

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pp. 10-34

The Suopowa’s queendom discourse is not simply a product of tourism propaganda, nor is the uncovering of the Eastern Queendom (Dongnüguo) merely an accident. Occurring at a time of sweeping social and political changes, this discourse sheds light on the Suopowa’s negotiation of various identities and their initiatives for strategizing marginality in pursuit of their...

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Chapter 2. Masculine and Feminine Internal Others in China

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pp. 35-57

One of the paradoxes in the queendom discourse is the elevation of the Suopowa’s feminine image along with their assertion of Khampa Tibetan masculinity. Although concerns and interests are manifested in this approach, their self-representation is not merely a matter of free choice, and it is shaped by a well-established framework of ethnic representations rooted...

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Chapter 3. From The Valley of Beauties to the Eastern Queendom

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pp. 58-71

Due to its breathtaking landscape, exquisite Tibetan-style buildings, and unique customs, the media promote Danba as the Most Beautiful Countryside in China ( Zhongguo Zui Meili de Xiangcun). However, Danba’s popularity among tourists has much to do with its fame as the Valley of Beauties (Meirengu). The media and tourists undeniably have played an essential role, ...

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Chapter 4. The Queendom and Grassroots Politics

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pp. 72-96

Despite differing approaches to grassroots politics, many China scholars argue that intensified reforms in China have resulted in accumulating tensions in the countryside and that peasants have responded by acting collectively in protests, sit-ins, demonstrations, and petitions and also by using legal means of expressing their frustration and dissatisfaction with the...

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Chapter 5. The Moluo Trourism Association: How Far to Go?

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pp. 97-116

The Moluo Tourism Association is registered with the Civil Affairs Bureau and the Culture and Tourism Bureau of Danba County as a state-certified “popular association” (minjian shetuan). Although defi ned thus, it is not a purely voluntary or self-generating organization, since its founding was...

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pp. 117-128

The Suopowa are ethnically Zangzu, but they, along with other Gyarongwa, are marginalized by many other Zangzu, who claim that the Gyarongwa speak non-Tibetan languages/dialects and/or are culturally close to the Han. The Suopowa are unique among subgroups of Gyarong, as they speak..


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pp. 129-142


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pp. 143-150


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pp. 151-164


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pp. 165-170

E-ISBN-13: 9780295804842
E-ISBN-10: 0295993065
Print-ISBN-13: 9780295993065
Print-ISBN-10: 029580484X

Publication Year: 2013

OCLC Number: 870177309
MUSE Marc Record: Download for In the Land of the Eastern Queendom

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Subject Headings

  • Ganzi Zangzu Zizhizhou (China) -- Ethnic relations.
  • Matrilineal kinship -- China -- Ganzi Zangzu Zizhizhou.
  • Matriarchy -- China -- Ganzi Zangzu Zizhizhou.
  • Ethnicity -- China -- Ganzi Zangzu Zizhizhou.
  • Ethnology -- China -- Ganzi Zangzu Zizhizhou.
  • Ganzi Zangzu Zizhizhou (China) -- Social life and customs.
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