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National Minorities
(3,167 words)

1. Population, Settlement Areas, Languages

According to the 2000 census there are 55 officially recognized "national minorities" (shaoshu minzu) in China, in addition to more than one billion Han Chinese. The 2000 census showed that with a population of 91.2 million (108.5 million according to the micro-census of 1995, 106.4 million according to the census of 2000) they represent a…

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Heberer, Thomas, “National Minorities”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 30 November 2022 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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