The immediate roots of the Zhonghua Minzu lie in the Qing Dynasty founded by the Manchu clan Aisin Gioro in the Northeast China. At the end of the Manchu’s regime, China was invaded by capitalist countries. The citizens have their own reasons of invading the Qing Government, which made them so angry that they reject Manzhu including the “Zhonghua Minzu”. This rejection did not fade until the People's Republic of China founded.
Originally coined by the late Qing philologist Liang Qichao, the Zhonghua Minzu initially referred only to the Han Chinese. It was then expanded to include the Five Races Under One Union, based on the ethnic categories of the Qing. This concept was further expended by Dr. Sun Yatsen.