China has a population of 1.3 billion people and 56 ethnic groups. Over 90 percent of the Chinese population belongs to the Han ethnic group. The 55 ethnic minority groups in China have distinct languages, customs and identities that are also part of Chinese culture. In this, and upcoming issues, we will present information about China’s ethnic minorities.
By Jennifer Nordin, Staff Writer
The Chinese New Year (or Lunar New Year) will be on Jan. 26 this year. The lunar New Year usually falls in January or February, but the exact date varies from year to year because it is based on the cycles of the moon (thus lunar) as opposed to the linear structure of the Gregorian calendar.
By David Dollar, World Bank
When historians look back on this period of history, they will likely identify China's reform and opening to the global economy as the single most important event. China's reform has propelled the country from a poor, backward status to a rank as one of the largest and most important economies in the world.
China still has a long way to go to emerge as a fully developed economy, but its prospects remain bright even in the midst of this global economic turbulence.
Three Chinese seamen arrive in the continental United States aboard the ship Pallas in Baltimore, MD.
The Naturalization Act of 1790 restricts citizenship to “free white persons” of “good moral character.” The law would be enforced until 1952. In effect the Nation is divided between White and racial minority populations, each of whom would be accorded different and unequal rights and treatment. Racial minorities would be limited in their citizenship, voting, residency, jury, property, and family rights. Asian Americans, including Chinese Americans, would be directly affected by this legislation until it was rescinded by the passage of the Walter-McCarran Act of 1952.