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 YUNNAN  MINORITY RULE  

Historically , the Han attitude towards the minorities has undergone many changes . For several generations the Tang Dynasty tried to conquer Nanzhao , a mixed state of mainly Bai and Yi , and warred with the Tibetans . But when Kublai Khan finally subjugated and incorporated Yunnan into the Celestial Empire , he left their chiefs to rule in hiss name . This policy was continued by the Ming , who employed Naxis and others as their frontier armies . The Qing reserved and dispatched their own administrators . By and large , though , the Han ruler let the minorities along , except when
   
they threatened the peace of the plains . People like the Bai , Naxi and some of the Dai and Yi began assimilating Chinese culture . They adopted Confucian mores , copied Han architecture and observed Chinese festivals (in addition to their own ) .

Other minorities were too remote for interference . People like the Wa , Jinuo , Nu and Jingpo never interacted with the Han until after 1949 , when the new Communist government began extending its write to every border area . Reforms , often drastic , accompanied occupation . Societies f the plains and plateaus-Naxi , Bai , Dai , Zhung-were
   
turned upside down , with large estates broken up and the idle gentry put to work or worse . Policy towards the hill people proceeded more cautiously . The regime’ principal aim was to eliminate the slavery practised by the Wa , Jingpo ,and Yi . This they achieved by compensating ex-land downers and slave holders with political office in the new “ autonomous counties “ . It took a few years to subdue a fraction of recalcitrant Yi , but in the end slavery disappeared in Yunnan .
   
The next step was to integrate them into the modern state by establishing village schools and constructing a network of roads , some of them extraordinary feats of engineering . Then the government introduced the commune system , which did improve agricultural output in some places . But zealous officials sometimes forced mountain folks into such communes in valleys which the mountaineers found uncomfortable . Yet worse was to come .
During the Cultural Revolution minority cultures came under heavy attack . All along the communists had been discrediting shamans , monks , priests and other traditional roles . Now all traditional customs and beliefs were damned a superstition” and any manifestation of minority culture was castigated as “ little chauvinism “ . Leftists tried to turn minorities into Han-style communists and only the utter remoteness of some areas spared at least a portion of the minority population from the chaos .
   
 

               




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