Some books about the Dong Nationality


Geary, Norman. - The Kam people of China. Rouledge Curzon. 2003, 296pp

One meaning of kam in the Kam language is to cover and conceal', and the name Kam perhaps refers to people who hide', removing themselves to remote areas in the interests of self-preservation. The Kam are still essentially a hidden people' - very little has been published in English about them.

Huang Zhongcai.- Dong People in Xinhuang. Nationalities Press. 2006, 56pp

This small booklet, full of colour pictures, provides a very basic information about 11 aspects of Dong culture in Xinhuang. Their architecture, marriage, festivals, taboos and beliefs are briefly depicted in English and Chinese.

Hudak, Thomas J.- Kam-English Dictionary (Program for Southeast Asian Studies Monograph Series). Arizona State Universit, 1999. 393 pp.

Long Chunlin and Yang Changyan.- Traditional social forestry in the Dong societies of China. Yunnan Scientific Press. 2003, 290pp

An introduction to the Dong: their environment, their forest and the traditional way of communal management they have. Bilingual English- Chinese.

Long Yaohong.- The Dong Language in Guizhou Province, China
Summer Institute of Linguistics, Academic Pub, 1998

Ou Chaoquan and Norman Geary.- Life in a Kam Village in Southwest China, 1930-1949 (Sinica Leidensia). Brill Academic Publishers, 2007

It describes the hitherto scarcely researched culture of people from Xiangye village, in an untravelled corner of Guizhou province, Southwest China, in the 20 years leading up to Liberation in 1949. Xiangye is a Kam (Dong) nationality village, so the book highlights Kam culture of the 1930s and 1940s. It is a fascinating and unparalleled study, also offering exceptionally clear details of many aspects of material culture and social customs, for example, the work of ricefarming,
cotton production, and cooking, beautifully illustrated with line drawings and photographs, that should appeal to anyone interested in the Kam people, China, or in ethnology generally.

Xing Ruan. Allegorical architecture: Living myths and architectonics in Southern China. University of Hawai'i Press. 2006.

For the narratives of Dong architecture are on the one hand made meaningful through collective rituals. On the other hand, such narratives are not fixed on their “shells”—the architecture. The renewal of their architecture is achieved, not through a complete reinvention of new forms, but by injecting new narratives into the old “shells.”

Yu Pingxi and Gan Yugui.- Dong People in Zhijiang. Nationalities Press. Beijing, 2005. 64 pp.

This is a small illustrated book, in English and Chinese, about the environment and culture of the Dong people living in Zhijiang County.

Zwerger, Klaus .- Vanishing Tradition: Architecture and Carpentry of the Dong Minority

In French

Berlie, Jean.- Sinisation. Guy Tredaniel, 1998, 359pp

A study of the Dong and the way they are affected for the transformations of the Chinese Culture.

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