Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Mongolization of Han Chinese and Manchu Settlers in Qing Mongolia, 1700–1911
by Tsai, Wei-chieh, Ph.D., Indiana University, 2017, 314; 10283459
Abstract (Summary)

Inspired by the recent approaches of the New Qing History school centering on ethnicity and empire and the South Chinese Studies school focusing on local societies, this dissertation probes into Han Chinese and Manchu becoming Mongols in Qing Mongolia using the Qing archives in Mongolian, Manchu, and Chinese preserved in Mongolia, China and Taiwan. This research focuses on two case studies: 1) Descendants of Han Chinese settlers in Outer and Inner Mongolia; 2) Offspring of Manchu bondservants as human dowry in Inner Mongolia. These groups of Han Chinese and Manchu settlers migrated, legally or not, to Mongolia since the seventeenth century. They married with local Mongolian people, raised children, and learned the Mongol way of life in Mongolia. Ultimately, they and their offspring even acquired Mongol status, which is considered the most important marker of mongolization. The Great Shabi as the estate of the Jibzundamba Khutugtu and the Manchu-Mongol marital alliance are also discussed in this dissertation as the main mechanisms facilitating the identity and status changes. Intermarriage and Buddhist belief were the two criteria for those Han Chinese and Manchu settlers and their offspring to be integrated into Qing Mongolian society. The immigration of those Han Chinese and Manchu settlers into Mongolia was initiated by the Qing government, but the Qing government wanted to keep the occurance of mongolization at a minimal level. This research draws a parallel between the problems of nativization faced by the Qing and Russian empires, and provides a case study to compare Han Chinese settlers in Inner Asia and Southeast Asia to explore different modes of Han Chinese migration. In the end, this dissertation argues that the ethnicity in late imperial and modern China is a negotiation between the religious and livelihood decisions for the Han Chinese settlers or state service for the Manchu settlers, the social institution of the Mongolian local authority, and the rules of the Qing state.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Atwood, Christopher P., Kara, Gyorgy
Commitee: Schlesinger, Jonathan, Sela, Ron
School: Indiana University
Department: Central Eurasian Studies
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Asian History, Asian Studies
Keywords: Ethnicity, Han Chinese, Manchu, Migration, Mongolia, Qing Dynasty, New Qing History, China, Taiwan
Publication Number: 10283459
ISBN: 978-0-355-04725-7
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