Culture, Cognition, and Emotion in China's Religious Ethnic Minorities

Voices of Suffering among the Yi

  • Rachel Sing-Kiat Ting
  • Louise Sundararajan

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Indigenous Psychology book series (PASIP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Rachel Sing-Kiat Ting, Louise Sundararajan
    Pages 41-81
  3. Rachel Sing-Kiat Ting, Louise Sundararajan
    Pages 83-124
  4. Rachel Sing-Kiat Ting, Louise Sundararajan
    Pages 125-170
  5. Rachel Sing-Kiat Ting, Louise Sundararajan
    Pages 171-201
  6. Rachel Sing-Kiat Ting, Louise Sundararajan
    Pages 203-243
  7. Rachel Sing-Kiat Ting, Louise Sundararajan
    Pages 245-275
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 277-288

About this book


This study examines the suffering narratives of two religious communities—Bimo and Christian—of the Yi minority who reside in the remote mountains of Sichuan and Yunnan, China, respectively. It is informed by the theoretical framework of ecological rationality, which posits that emotions influence, and are influenced, by cognitive styles that have co-evolved with the ecological niche of a culture. It was predicted and found that in times of adversity, traditional religious communities may differ in emotion expression, causal attribution, and help seeking behavior, with far-reaching ramifications in how they are uniquely vulnerable to the pitfalls of modernization. The authors hope that the voices of the study participants, heard through their harrowing narratives, may inspire a deepened sensitivity to the plight of rural Chinese communities as China races to become superpower in the global economy. 


Indigenous Psychology Global Psychology Asian Psychology Ethnic Studies Cognition Emotion Asian Culture Chinese Ethnic Groups Yi Psychology of Religion Psychology of Spirituality Suffering Marginalized Groups Social Psychology

Authors and affiliations

  • Rachel Sing-Kiat Ting
    • 1
  • Louise Sundararajan
    • 2
  1. 1.School of SociologyChina University of Political Science and LawBeijingChina
  2. 2.RochesterUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-66058-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-66059-2
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