The Social Sciences

Year: 2009
Volume: 4
Issue: 6
Page No. 578 - 582

The Zhuang in the Province of Guangxi, China: Identity Adaptation and Cultural Identity

Authors : Prasan Kumchornmenakun, Boonsom Yodmalee and Notai Udomboonyanupap

Abstract: The Zhuang’s traditional economy has been one of self sufficiency and independent for the past 2,000 years. The change of government, communist society, globalization and the promotion of a modern economic policy have mostly affected the traditional economic structure of the Zhuang’s. These influences have made the Zhuang’s to adapt, change and improve their technology and local knowledge to keep up with modernization and globalization within the region and to maintain an equilibrium within the Chinese society. Traditional customs couldn’t survive in their traditional forms, but the adjustments and adaptation have led to the creation of new ones. Such as new musical instruments, new weaving techniques, textiles and ceramics made by utilizing machinery. The Zhuang still fancy their silver ornaments and continue their customs in their respects to spirits, nature, ancestors and family values. The Zhaung’s language has been limited, while traditional dances and songs are only performed during local festivals and celebration. The central government of China have established educational institutions to preserve local ethnic language and customs. The Zhuang’s traditional bronze drum is still performed during traditional celebrations and has been elevated as an ethnic symbol and souvenir. The Zhuang house has changed to become 2-3 story buildings. Animals that were once kept under the stilt houses have their own shelter or barns. Black glutinous rice is still a popular staple in rural areas and the tradition of wearing dark or navy blue clothing and traditional styles are still popular throughout Zhuang communities, rural and urban.

How to cite this article:

Prasan Kumchornmenakun, Boonsom Yodmalee and Notai Udomboonyanupap, 2009. The Zhuang in the Province of Guangxi, China: Identity Adaptation and Cultural Identity. The Social Sciences, 4: 578-582.

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