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Gathering Medicines: Nation and Knowledge in China's Mountain South

Judith Farquhar and Lili Lai


In the early 2000s, the government of China encouraged the nation’s 55 registered minority nationalities to “salvage, sort, synthesize, and elevate” ethnic medical knowledge in an effort to create health care systems comparable to the nationally supported institutions of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Gathering Medicines bears witness to this remarkable moment of state-led knowledge development while appreciating local therapeutic practices scattered through rural southern China. The nationalities highlighted are the Achang, Li, Lisu, Qiang, Tujia, Yao, and Zhuang groups. Chapter 1 focuses eth ... More

Keywords: minority nationalitiestraditional medicinesgatheringknowledgeanthropology of the stateinstitutionembodimentplants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226763514
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226763798.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith Farquhar, author
University of Chicago

Lili Lai, author
Peking University

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