Hani woman wearing a headdress with French coins circa 1909/1911. Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, 1985. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
The fifty-five officially recognized ethnic minorities, numbering about 110 million people, inhabit virtually all parts of China, though they are more numerous in the west. Ethnic minority homelands make up more than half of China’s land area. Government programs to bring some of eastern China’s prosperity to the west have met with