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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.99

Coping with Dual-nationality Identity:A Case Study From China from Perspective of Technology

Speakers

  • Dr. Wei WU

Primary authors

Description

Yunnan is one of the provinces in China with most minority nationalities. Located in southwestern borders, Yunnan province has a comprehensive context in terms of agriculture, poverty and ethnic minorities. Resulting from the standardized nationality identification by government, some minority nationalities are recognized as a certain nationality different from their history such as “Pumi” people lived in Yunan being divided into “Naxi” and “Tibetan” nationality. However, they believe themselves belonging to “Pumi” according to their culture, customs and faith. Here comes an interesting issue of dual-nationality identity——one from history and one from politics, or the past-nationality and the current-nationality, and how they recognize their own ethnic belonging and deal with the conflicts within it deserves deep exploration. Through pilot investigation, children live in a family with old people like grandparents full of ethnic legends or tales have better recognition of their historical nationality identity. But there’ s also an awkward fact that this way of transmitting ethnic knowledge and memories is low-efficient and hardly long-lasting. Therefore, inevitable technologies need to be introduced to improve the current situation. Based on our preliminary assumption, embodiment of traditional culture like oral-history or multi-media broadcasting by their religion leader could be one of an effective ways to help people form their nationality identity even sometimes there exist some fierce and contradictory dilemmas between their political nationality and historical nationality. Follow-up research should be conducted through mixed research methods including deep interview and questionnaire on “Pumi” people about their real perception and experience of identity.