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Regionalism has always been part of China. Leaving aside considerations of the non-Han Chinese (the 54 national minorities), there is and has always been considerable social and economic variation throughout different parts of China, as it would be reasonable to expect given the large land mass and size of population. The Chinese are divided socially by language; food and styles of cooking (food and drinking culture); domestic customs of birth, death, and marriage; folk beliefs, music, and dance; and even myths of origin. Were the usual standards for defining…

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Goodman, David S.G., “Regionalism”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 08 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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