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February 01, 2011

Learn about a less-known ethnic minority in China

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CI-UM) presents

The Turkic Yugurs* in Chinese Gansu: An introduction to their language, society and culture
(*Yugurs – 裕固族, not to be confused with Uygurs – 维吾尔族)

A lecture by Professor DU Yaxiong (杜亚雄)
Monday, February 7, 2011 • 4pm
Room 4 • Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor
Light refreshments will be served.

Speaker’s Abstract: I lived in the area where the Western Yugur language is spoken during 1968 to 1978. At that time, I studied their language, their folksongs and collected many first-hand materials. Originally, I’d wanted to write a paper to introduce their folk songs, but Dr. Osman Karatay suggested that I write a paper to introduce the nation and its culture to fit a resurgence of interest in Yugur nation. Therefore, it was with great pleasure that I accepted his proposal. The purpose of this paper is to introduce Turkic speaking Yugurs, their origin, language, tribal system, life style, some important customs and their music heritage to other Turkic nations and experts interested in Yugur and its culture.

Posted by zzhu at February 1, 2011 01:32 AM