Invisible China: A Journey Through Ethnic Borderlands by Colin LegertonInvisible China: A Journey Through Ethnic Borderlands by Colin Legerton

Invisible China: A Journey Through Ethnic Borderlands

byColin Legerton, Jacob Rawson

Paperback | September 1, 2016

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In this eloquent and eye-opening narrative, two Americans fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Uyghur throw away the guidebook and bring a hitherto unexplored side of China to light. They journey over 14,000 miles by bus and train to the farthest reaches of the country to meet the minority peoples who dwell there, talking to farmers in their fields, monks in their monasteries, fishermen on their skiffs, and herders on the steppe. In Invisible China, they engage in a heated discussion of human rights with Daur and Ewenki village cadres; celebrate Muhammad’s birthday with aging Dongxiang hajjis who recount the government’s razing of their mosque; attend mass with old Catholic Kinh fishermen at a church that has been forty years without a priest; hike around high-altitude Lugu Lake to farm with the matrilineal Mosuo women; and descend into a dry riverbed to hunt for jade with Muslim Uyghur merchants. As they uncover surprising facts about China’s hidden minorities and their complex position in Chinese society, they discover the social ramifications of inconsistent government policies—and some deep human truths as well.


Jacob Rawson earned an MA in Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Washington. He has served as a translator and editor for Buddhist publications and works as a counselor for international students. He lives in Washington state. Colin Legerton holds an MA in Central Eurasian Studies. He translates from Uyghur and Chinese...
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Title:Invisible China: A Journey Through Ethnic BorderlandsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:September 1, 2016Publisher:Chicago Review PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1613736711

ISBN - 13:9781613736715

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“A marvelous tapestry of vibrant history and culture. An earnest, revealing travelogue.” —Kirkus Reviews