Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Ethnic Dong and 55 Other Chinese Flavors

and a gelao to you tooI'm not really into Chinese people because I blame them for stealing Hong Kong from me and my asshole expat friends with the fervor and myopia of the child that I am. But then I remember that the Mainland is ginormous and that there are many sorts of Chinese people and that if anyone's down with the aliens it's them. Ni hao and xie xie. So here's a photo gallery of 56 of the "officially recognized nationalities" of China that is gorgeous because these peoples know how to weave and dye them some banging fabric. It is also really informative for anyone who saw Gran Torino and thought Hmong was a made-up thing and that Yugers were white kids who talked wiggerishly and wore New Eras. But I feel weird on these dusky Koreans who live in Chinese mountains and make a totally different type of kimchi that is sort of bland because our country is already torn and I feel like they should pick a different, more South Korean side if they're going to live in Asia anyway. But I realize this is unreasonable seeing as I live in America for the snacks and the fast Internet.

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mathnet (#27)

"Okay now! Everybody look at. . ."

These are super gorgeous though, and not as Epcot-y as I'd feared.

cherrispryte (#444)

Its either Uyghur or Uighur, but its definitely not Yuger.

Mary HK Choi (#1,469)

i spelled it the way the link spelled it but at the end of the day it's è£â€¢Ã¥â€ºÂºÃ¦- innit?

alison (#14)

Uighur/Uygher=维吾å°"æ-; Xinjiang province
Yuger=è£â€¢Ã¥â€ºÂºÃ¦-; Gansu province

Mary HK Choi (#1,469)

WHOA Alison. Thank you. Also, WHOA.

theheckle (#621)

I think there are Uighurs and Yugers in this lot of pictures. The Uighurs, of uprising fame, are a little earlier in the photos than the Yugers.

Mary HK Choi (#1,469)

YES. And I definitely meant Uighur for the post. Thanks. Wrongsies.

slinkimalinki (#182)

way to pull out the super-low commenter number surprise, alison.

Flashman (#418)

The CBC refers to them as 'wiggers', but even I can't laugh at this when the story is about the Chinese executing a bunch more of them.

josh_speed (#97)

Bland kim chi is a truly futile gesture; they might as well make sauerkraut. If kim chi doesn't tingle, bubble, stink, burn and kill every malicious organism in your entire body, it ain't the real McCoy. KIMCHI SAVES!!@11

garge (#736)

This is true. In my personal philosophy of well being, I am a bit medieval when it comes to kimchi.

HiredGoons (#603)

This statement is true.

josh_speed (#97)

Now I have to go super out of the way on the way home to get ingredients for a crispy, golden seafood-y pajeon. Crave.

HiredGoons (#603)

My friend's wife is from Korea and makes the most INSANE kim chi! Also can get illegal fireworks!

Dan Kois (#646)

I wish they hadn't covered up so much scenery with those increasingly tatty-looking backdrops.

slinkimalinki (#182)

i adore the backdrops. especially the way they don't cover everything.

hockeymom (#143)

I thought it was Ethnic Gelato and we were back to the recipes.

Bucko (#1,599)

These are cool, but I'm not seeing the prices. Where do I order one of those cute Mioa kids? I hope she comes with the hat.

jfruh (#713)

I've actually heard that they have crazy fast Internet in South Korea. Not that I'm trying to get you to leave, Mary! Just in the interest of accuracy.

Also, I initially read this title as "ethnic gelato," and thought, pfft, all gelato is ethnic, duh.

Mary HK Choi (#1,469)

it's only ok. the "pc bang" derels suck up all the speed with their world of warcrafting. all your base…

Mindpowered (#948)

I love the happy proletariat smiles on everyone.

The kind where you know just off camera there is a troop of revolutionary guards, with loaded rifles waiting for a smile to break to execute the entire lot.

Exene (#2,244)

Little much marabou on those ethnic Kazakh. Frederick's of Interior Autonomous Kazakh Prefecture?

NeonTrotsky (#2,249)

Poor ethnic Russians–their ethnic clothing is Soviet drab and their only prop is a sad looking horse…

Bittersweet (#765)

No kidding. It's like an updated "Fiddler on the Roof." Which could be seen as a kind of poetic justice, I guess.

Upper Mongolians are my fave, because they look like a perfect "If they mated" hybrid of Chinese and Russian people. Since I am a giant nerd, I find that oddly neat in an evolutionary/migration of the human race kind of way.
They also have cool and flashy traditional outfits.

HiredGoons (#603)

Also the men are beauuuuuutiful.

Agree! They tend to be naturally broad-shouldered and jacked!

Just for you, dear – see dude in middle courtesy of my friend Tom's trip to UM:
Those cheekbones!!

Wow, that was a very nice photo essay.

HiredGoons (#603)

Christ – New Eras are sooooo Last Season.

iplaudius (#1,066)

I refuse to believe that diversity can exist outside of North American democracy.

HiredGoons (#603)

It exists within it?

gregorg (#30)

love the "…aaand also Ethnic Han" ending.

whoa, thanks for that!

photo, that is. he's super hot.

sox (#652)


joeclark (#651)

Enumeration of Chinese ethnic groups is contentious, in part because each officially recognized group has the right to a seat in the assembly, if I understand this correctly.

Linguists, some even Chinese, are wandering around China finding new, unreported languages (hence ethnic groups) sometimes on every hillside. Literally they will be standing talking to one ethnic group, see another village higher up the mountain, go there and find another ethnic group with its own language.

There has been a great deal of suppression and whitewashing of Chinese linguistic diversity, which is tied in with ethnic diversity. And as you see from the photo essay, not all Chinese residents look Chinese or even Oriental.

There are various books and podcasts on this superinteresting topic.

Incidentally, Alison and Mary, identifying Uighurs in Chinese is kind of like writing down their slave name.

alison (#14)

sorry! Don't know how to write "Oriental" in Chinese.

joeclark (#651)

“Oriental” is the correct term in this context, as all Chinese residents are “Asian.” (As are all Pakistani and Sri Lankan residents.)

Ethnic Kazak ladies, oh my…

Ron Obvious (#351)

I want one of those Kyrgyz pimp hats stat!

Abe Sauer (#148)

You forgot one group: Hua Chiao

Bittersweet (#765)

Holy amazing ethnic Miao headdresses!

We had a Soviet (yes, I'm that old) exchange student in college who had striking Kazakh features with blond hair and blue eyes. He always asserted that he was 100% Kazakh but I had my doubts.

heroofthebeach (#2,280)

There aren't very many people in any of those photos. I guess China only has a few hundred ethnic people. Out of a billion people, that's like zero percent. They should try to be more diverse.

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