The Practice and Inheriting of the Bai People’s local Culture of Dali

Xiufang LI


This paper discusses the status quo and problems of the local cultural heritage of ethnic minorities in the southwest China, which is in the context of modernization. The data in this paper are obtained through long-term field work. Study has the following findings: firstly, minority cultural erosion is serious in Wan Town of Dali, Yunnan; secondly, the main minority cultural heritage’s successors are the elderly and kids, called “empty nesters” and “lefted children”. Third, the local culture of minority in the tourism is superficial and distorted. Finally, the modern school education has not played an effective role in the inheritance of minority culture . In this paper, there are two suggestions: One is starting in-depth study on minority local culture inheritance pattern; the second,establsh a complementary pattern between school education and local education and promote the inheritance of ethnic culture.


Minority; Culture; Inheritance; Education

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