Selected Bibliography about the Tujia.-

David Lumsden


Philip and Cecilia Brassett, 2005. Imperial Tiger Hunters: An Introduction to the Tujia People of China. Eastbourne, UK: Antony Rowe Publishing Services.

Based on l8 months' research in Xiangxi prefecture, Hunan.

Melissa J. Brown, 2004. Is Taiwan Chinese?: The Impact of Culture, Power, and Migration on Changing Identities. University of California Press.

For information about the Tujia see especially chapter 5, re Enshi Prefecture, Hubei; compare with Shih, 2002.

David Paul Lumsden, 2007. 'Blossoms, Bodies, and Authentic reproduction; The Tujia and Tourism in Youyang (Chongqing and the Shennong (Hubei, PRC))

Paper given at the international conference on tourism and Indigenous People/Minorities in Multi-Cultural Societies, xishuangbanna, dec. 23/07; copies from author, via

Mary Rack, 2005. Ethnic Distinctions, Local Meanings: Negotiating Cultural Identities in China. London/Ann Arbor: Pluto Press.

Based on her 1995-97 teaching stay in the Jishou area, west Hunan (cf. Brassetts, 2005), this slim book addresses the 'Miao', but emphasizes 'ethnicity' as a process', not as 'groupness'; indeed, it emphasizes mixed and fluid 'local;' identities/culture, with highland/lowland and indigenous/incomer blends. It notes cases of local persons making a claim to be 'Tujia' simply in order to gain State perks for 'minority' members. But otherwise, despite its aim, it is curiously silent about explicit 'Tujia'/'Miao'comparison/contrast: 'Tujia' seems almost taken for granted as 'groupness'. worth reflecting on as a corrective to 'essentializing' tendencies when reading say, Brown, 2004, Shih, 2002, or even Lumsden, 2007 -or indeed when reading works on any other Chinese 'minority people'.

Ran Zhongjing, 2003. A Collection of his Tujia Poetry (in Chinese). pbk, ISBN

This distinguished poet resides in Longtan, Chongqing.

Shen Congwen, 1982. recollections of West Hunan. Panda Books.

Shen Congwen, 2004. Beautiful Xiangxi: A Photographic Journey of Hunan through the Pen of Shen Congwen. Reader's Digest, USA/Shanghai Literature & Art
Publishing house.

Superb photos by Zhuo Ya and selections from Shen Congwen on his 'Miao' (pre-tujia recognition) people.

Shih Chih-yu, 2002. Negotiating Ethnicity in China: Citizenship as a response to the State. London/New york: Routledge.

Brief study tours; see especially > chapters 4 and 5 re West Hunan; compare with M. Brown, 2004.

Wang Boquan, 2005. Wuling Tujiaren (in Chinese). pbk, ISBn 7-5366-7063-x &
film/video version.

Zhang Luo (Lucy), 2006. unpublished PhD dissertation on Tujia Folksongs of the Youyang (Chongqing) area. Research Institute on the Education and Psychology of Ethnic Minorities of SW China, Southwest University, Beibei District, Chongqing.

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