In the last decade, China has burst onto the global stage; China’s economy, culture, and politics have become a part of everyday news and international events. However, the uniform images of China conveyed by the world’s media hide the incredible diversity of a country with 55 indigenous ethnic minorities, each with unique and colorful cultures, crafts, and traditions.
As a member of the Bai ethnic minority, I have experienced the great diversity within the UK and London, but I have found that the diverse cultures of China’s numerous ethnic minorities are underrepresented, with ‘China’ viewed as a single cultural source.
The opportunity to introduce and share the unique and sometimes surprising customs, traditions, and practices of my home province inspires me. It provides the chance to understand both commonalities and differences in culture, and to understand our shared history.