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The Symbiosis Relationship Between Ethnic Identity and National Identity in School Education Field: A Case Study Of Axi Yi High School Students in Yunnan (Journal of Research on Education for Ethnic Minorities; Vol. 28, No. 141)
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Beijing | 2017 | p. 121-129
ISSN 1001-7178
Chen Yukui
Corporate author: 
Minzu University of China
Asia and the Pacific
© 民族教育研究 2017

This paper uses educational anthropolog to examine and analyse ethnic identity and national identity of ethnic Axi Yi high school students. It finds that they have both very strong ethnic and national identities, and there is a moderate positive correlation between the two identities. This shows that the two identities can coexist harmoniously for ethnic minorities. This paper also finds that the symbiosis relationship between students’ ethnic identity and national identity is built on common foundations, such as common territorial awareness, common consanguinity,common historical memory,common heroic characters and common national symbols. This paper argues that schools are the important place where those common foundations are built.


Resource Type: 
Journal articles
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Inclusive / Diversity
Level of education: 
Secondary education


Ethnic identity; National identity; Symbiosis; Educational anthropology