What does Han Chinese mean? Is the original Chinese the Han Chinese but not much of them around anymore?
If so, why?
- Anonymous1 month agoFavorite Answer
The Han Chinese is an ethnic concept formed by a mixture of the Huaxia tribe that created the Yellow River civilization and the multi-ethnic groups around it. Therefore, even if they are from different ethnic groups, they are considered Han Chinese if they accept the cultural traditions of Han Chinese. In the view of the Chinese government, more than 92% of the people are Han Chinese and the others are 55 ethnic minorities.
- ZirpLv 71 month ago
Han-chinese are those who have Mandarin as native language, and not one of the dozens of other sinitic languages (Fokkien, Cantonese, Wu, Min)
Note that the Chinese government likes to call the sinitic languages "dialects" on the grounds that they all read the same books and newspapers, but they are NOT mutually intelligible when spoken
- iammclaneLv 71 month ago
The Han are a Chinese ethnic group that arose around the Yalu River and came to be the largest ethnicity in China. It is still the largest, with about 1.4 billion members worldwide, divided into about 16 major subgroups by location and dialect. (Mandarin and Cantonese are just two of the many languages spoken by Han peoples.)
The easiest way to make sense of this is to recall that to the north of these people, early on, were the Mongols. To their south were various non-Sino peoples like what we know of today as Vietnamese, Tibetans, Lao, Hmong, etc...but back then there were many more and they extended further into what we today think of as southern China. The Han overcame and intermarried into the people to the south. They resisted the Mongols for centuries but eventually the Mongols became their rulers - but then the Han intermarried with them - and half of THEM became Chinese, too. (The rest of the Mongols left to terrorize eastern Europe/southwest Asia, and to run Russia for awhile.) So there are lots of kinds of these intermarried Chinese, but they're not the HAN Chinese. (Tho, frankly, nobody's keeping track, and often you can't tell by looking at somebody. Absent any cultural clues, you'd need DNA studies to tell who's pure Han and who's not.)