Although the "Han" Chinese constitute about 95 percent of the population of the PRC, they are much more diverse than most Westerners realize. The numerous subgroups of Han speak dialects that seem almost like different languages, and they have a wide range of cultural traditions (differing cuisines, operatic forms, life styles, and attitudes toward

chapter 1|9 pages

China as Mosaic

chapter 2|13 pages

Origins of the Han Chinese

chapter 3|27 pages

The Sons of Han

chapter 4|21 pages

Beijing and the Northern Mandarin Peoples

chapter 7|10 pages

The Eastern Mandarin Peoples

chapter 9|8 pages

The Gan People of Jiangxi Province

chapter 10|14 pages

Hunan Province and the Xiang People

chapter 11|21 pages

Shanghai and the Wu Peoples

chapter 12|18 pages

Fuzhou and the Minbei Peoples

chapter 13|22 pages

The Seagoing Minnan Peoples

chapter 14|32 pages

The Cantonese and the Other Yue Peoples

chapter 16|3 pages

Larger Patterns: Unity and Diversity