A while back I came upon what seems to be a fairly comprehensive look at novels by non-Han writers published since 1949 that deal directly with issues of culture and identity. Entitled Ethnic Minority Novels (少数民族小说), the Chinese-language article is unfortunately not signed, but it appears to have been written by a scholar and published in one of China’s academic quarterlies.
I’d like to summarize parts of it here.
First, a few factoids from the essay:
- China officially recognizes 55 non-Han peoples as native to the PRC
- There are over 500 writers in the China Writers Association who consider themselves members of a minority ethnicity
- Since the 1970s, China has published over 300 novels by minority writers dealing with ethnic themes
- 《黄河东流去》（李準）(Yellow River Flowing to the East by Li Zhun)
- 《穆斯林的葬礼》（霍达）(Muslim Funeral by Huo Da)
- 《尘埃落定》（阿来）(Red Poppies by Alai)
- 《太阳村》（张长）(Sun Village by Zhang Chang)
- 《雪夜》（李元吉）(Snowy Night by Li Yuanji)
- 《山魂》（朱春雨）(Mountain Soul by Zhu Chunyu)
- 《最后一只白虎》（李传锋）(The Last White Tiger by Li Chuanfeng)
- 《死街》（孙健忠）(Death Street by Sun Jianzhong)
- 《战斗的年代》（柯尤慕·图尔迪 ）
- 《波努河》（蓝怀昌）(Bonu River by Lan Huaichang)