Discourses of Race and Rising China

  • Yinghong Cheng

Part of the Mapping Global Racisms book series (MGR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Yinghong Cheng
    Pages 1-26
  3. Yinghong Cheng
    Pages 239-294
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 305-335

About this book


This book is a critical study of the development of a racialised nationalism in China, exploring its unique characteristics and internal tensions, and connecting it to other forms of global racism. The growth of this discourse is contextualised within the party-state’s political agenda to seek legitimacy, in various groups’ efforts to carve their demands in a divided national community, and has directly affected identity politics across the global diasporic Chinese community. While there remains considerable debate in both academic literature and popular discussion about how the concept of ‘race’ is relevant to Chinese expressions of identity, Cheng makes a forceful case for the appropriateness of biological and familial narratives of descent for understanding Chinese nationalism today.

Grounded in a strong conceptual framework and substantiated with rich materials, Discourses of Race and Rising China will be an important contribution to international studies of racism, and will appeal to academics and students of contemporary China, historians of modern China, and those who work in the fields of critical race, ethnicity, and cultural studies. 


nationalism non-Western racism George L. Mosse Chinese diaspora physiological national character

Authors and affiliations

  • Yinghong Cheng
    • 1
  1. 1.Delaware State UniversityDoverUSA

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