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Princess Peacock: Tales from the Other Peoples of China (World Folklore)

ISBN-13: 978-1591584162
ISBN-10: 1591584167
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China, the most populous country in the world, is also a nation of great diversity. In addition to the majority population of Han Chinese, there are some 56 officially recognized national minorities—including Tibetan, Mongol, Manchu, Zhuang, Dai, and Gaoshan. The folklore of these minorities is often obscure and difficult to find, as is information about the people, their cultural histories, and their traditional customs. This book fills a gap by offering more than 50 representative folktales from China's minorities, as well as background information on each of the ethnic groups.

"Yuan begins with a cultural overview of representative ethnic minorities, touching on languages, customs, clothing, religions, and festivals. …teachers and librarians developing curricula for the study of China will find this new volume a valuable asset, as will storytellers looking for source material."


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"This well-organized and richly documented volume is designed to give the American reader a fair view of China as a multi-ethic nation of diverse cultures…The contents of Princess Peacock provide extremely valuable material for the families of the many Chinese children adopted by Americans by introducing and reinforcing knowledge of their ethnic origins."


American Folklore Society Children's Section

Book Description

Discover more than 50 folktales from China's many minorities, as well as background information on each of the ethnic groups.


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More About the Author

Mr. Yuan is Professor of the Department of Library Public Services at Western Kentucky University. A Fulbright student, he graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington with two masters' degrees. Besides his library webmaster's job, he writes about Chinese culture and folklore. His books include Tibetan Folktales (Libraries Unlimited, 2014); This Is China: The First 5,000 Years (Berkshire, 2010); Princess Peacock and Tales of Other Chinese Peoples (Libraries Unlimited, 2008); and The Magic Lotus Lantern and Other Tales of the Han Chinese (Libraries Unlimited, 2006). He is consultant to Celebrate Chinese New Year (National Geographic, 2010) and co-editor of Berkshire Encyclopedia of China. Besides, he has contributed extensively to the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture (Routlege 2004). Mr. Yuan maintains a website about Chinese culture including the Chinese proverb web pages accessible at

If you are interested, you may visit my website or my Facebook at to view some of the video clips I recorded during my 2013 trip to Tibet.

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