Title: Reinterpreting Hui Identity in Intermarriage With Han: A Case Study in Ningxia
Stream: Religion, Spirituality
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Jia He, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
The purpose of the current research has been to collect ethnographic data regarding the everyday practice of marriage life by Hui who have intermarried Han, including elites and commoners, female and male, to illustrate how Hui identity is constructed and expressed in an intimate relationship with Han. Through participant observations and in-depth interviews for about 12 months, the research includes Hui's practices such as eating, dressing, celebrating festivals, children-rearing(specifically choosing minzu identity for those who are under 18) and socialising with in-laws. Pointing out that there are three types of intermarriage--intermarriage between a Hui and a Han who converted to Islam; between a Hui and a Han without the latter’s conversion; between two Huis who have different understandings towards Hui identity resulted from affiliations with different Islamic traditions (jiaopai) and/or discursive disaffiliation from Islam--the research concludes that Hui identity goes beyond being strengthened or weakened.
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