Ethnostates? Look at the Chinese Empire

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Those who think about the possibilities of culturally and (for the most part) racially homogeneous ethnostates for their nations, to protect their cultures, often envision small states in which such homogeneity can be had. It may be useful, however, to consider China, which though not at all a proposition nation is a very diverse empire whose Chinese cultural identity has lived for thousands of years, through many dynasties. Check out my article at ARC Media and see what you think.

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5 responses to “Ethnostates? Look at the Chinese Empire

  1. The non Hans do not like Han domination.

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    • That’s a pretty facile statement. Admittedly, in some cases the empire’s administration takes the shape of Han Chinese domination of non-Han peoples, rather than simply the use of Huaxia (pan-Han) culture and language to bind the empire together; but domination of non-Han ethnic minority groups by the Han ethnic groups need not be the case, nor is it in fact the case for many of the ethnic minority persons I know. In any case, I’m not pointing to China as a perfect example of multiethnic empire, but rather as a historical example of an empire whose ethnic differences have usually not led to actual ethnic separatism in the manner advocated by Western ethnonationalists.

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  2. There’s also the pull of Han culture that has helped shape East Asia. It is facile to say that it was Han domination or political subservience that made it so.

    The Romantic idiot-cry for Nationalism tended to ignore historical and concrete manifestations, and manufacture pseudo-cultures to build nation-states. The national-mentality of Zwingli, Erasmus, and Luther, which appreciated a common Germanness, that was diverse, yet shared, was far superior to the mad ravings of Fichte and Herder. The rejection of Middle-Europe had only the result of Balkanization and ethnic-cleansing.

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  3. Democracy is non-negotiable.

    Freedom is the sovereign right of every American.

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