Hui Muslim — Han Chinese Differences in Perceptions on Endogamy in Urban China

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-68
Journal / PublicationAsian Ethnicity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005


Using a survey data set (n = 1,992) collected in Lanzhou, China, I examine the Hui – Han differences in perceptions on intermarriage. The questions I ask in this paper include: What is the extent of interethnic marriages in Lanzhou? Do the Hui and Han feel differently about interethnic marriage? Which ethnic group is more negative about Hui – Han marriages and why? Are perceptions about endogamy patterned by ethnicity or socio-economic status or both? I seek plausible answers to these questions in this paper. A preliminary analysis of the 2001 survey data shows a high degree of endogamy in Lanzhou. It also shows that the Hui are more negative about intermarriage than the Han. However, the ethnic differences in perceptions on intermarriage fade away with socio-economic variables controlled.

Research Area(s)

  • endogamy, Chinese Muslims, Hui, inter-group marriage, ethnic relations