Manchu people

Manchu people

About Manchu people

The Manchus are an ethnic minority of China who originated in Manchuria (northeastern China). For centuries, the Manchu ethnicity has acculturated with the majority Han ethnicity of China. Most Manchu today speak Standard Chinese, while the Manchu language is only spoken by elderly people in remote northeastern China and a few scholars; there are around ten thousand speakers of Xibe, a closely related language spoken in the Ili region of Xinjiang. In recent years, however, there has been a resurgence of interest in Manchu culture among both ethnic Manchus and Han. The number of Chinese today with some Manchu ancestry is quite large_with 10.68 million members (in China), Manchu is the 3rd largest ethnic group in China after the Han and the Zhuang.

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