Introductory Research in Chinese Corridorology


2017-06-26 12:00

Zhao Xudong,Shan Huiling

Abstract: Fei Xiaotong formulated the concept of the “Tibetan-Yi Corridor” around the 1980s.At the beginning,Fei intended to investigate,with the help of the concept,the evolution of different ethnic groups at the macro level in order to distinguish them.Later on,he gradually linked the Tibetan-Yi Corridor with the Silk Road and hoped to rebuild the Southern Silk Road with the “Tibetan-Yi Corridor” as the center to help ethnic minorities in southwest China develop their economy.Since then,some Chinese anthropologists and ethnologists have started to focus their research on ethnic corridors in different areas in China.At present,with Chinese anthropologists extending their corridor research to foreign countries, studies on overseas ethnography are gaining momentum.Since the Chinese government developed the strategic conception of “the Belt and Road”,the concept of “corridor” has been internationalized and its research has been expanded to the world,creating the concept of international corridors.Both research in overseas ethnography and “the Belt and Road” initiative have provided an important opportunity for Corridorology to go to field study from abstract definition and research scope delineation.
Key words: “Tibetan-Yi Corridor”,overseas ethnography,“the Belt and Road”,Corridorology
The Chinese version appeared in Thinking, 2017(02).


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