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The Outlying And The Peripheral: Myths Of Migrants And Minorities

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According to the master narrative of the Han, the territories of Tibet, Inner Mongolia, and Eastern Turkestan, mostly conquered by the Manchu rulers and their Han collaborators during the Qing dynasty, unquestionably belong to China. This chapter includes Wang Anyi's Patrilineal and Matrilineal Myths, Zhang Chengzhi's stories of a Muslim group in northwest China, and Tibetan tales by Tashi Dawa and his peers. The three Tibetan taletellers included in the chapter present alternative modes of historical writing against the teleological historiography advocated by Communist propaganda. Our mythic and magic route around historic China starts from the Pacific Coast and extends to the Gobi Desert, crossing the Great Northwest and ending on the Tibetan Plateau. The chapter takes a textual tour under the guidance of Wang Anyi, Zhang Chengzhi, and Ge Fei, in whose oeuvres primary historical sources are translated through imagination into a melancholy, holy, or playful landscape.

Keywords: family myths; Tashi Dawa; teleological historiography; Tibetan plateau; Wang Anyi; Zhang Chengzhi

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