A Han Researcher in a Muslim Village: How to Enter the Field and Participants’ Heart

  • Yanbi HongEmail author


One day in September 2008, my supervisor Professor Gerard A. Postiglione greeted me with “Welcome to Hong Kong” in his office with a mountain view. Then, I started my Ph.D. life which lasted more than 4 years. After about 1 year’s reading and discussion with my supervisor, I determined to study the educational development of Chinese Muslims. There are ten Muslim ethnic groups in China, and I choose to focus on Hui people, because they speak local Han dialects, which is easy for me to understand. If I choose to investigate in Uyghur or Kazak communities, I need to spend a lot of time for language learning.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology, School of HumanitiesSoutheast UniversityNanjingChina

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