Affirmative Action in China and the U.S.: A Dialogue on Inequality and Minority Education

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Minglang Zhou, Ann Maxwell Hill
Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 15, 2009 - Business & Economics - 268 pages
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Inequalities in China’s multi-ethnic society and related issues of political stability have become more acute as economic globalization has intensified competition for scarce resources, and the dynamics of the market and society at large increasingly take precedence over those of the state. These developments, including China’s market reforms begun in the early 1980s, have heightened state concerns over the closely intertwined issues of equity for minorities and political stability for the state. This is the first volume to comprehensively examine recent changes in China’s affirmative action policies for the education of minorities, historically an important state tool for addressing ethnic inequality.

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Minglang Zhou is Associate Professor and Chair of East Asian Studies at Dickinson College. His research focuses on the sociology of language and ethnic relations in China. His seminal publications include Multilingualism in China: The Politics of Writing Reforms for Minority Languages 1949–2002 (2003), Language olicy in the People’s Republic of China: Theory and Practice since 1949 (2004), and Journal of Asian Pacific Communication: Special Issue on Language Planning and Varieties of Modern Standard Chinese (2006).

Ann Maxwell Hill is Professor of Anthropology at Dickinson College. Her earlier fieldwork was conducted in Northern Thailand (Merchants and Migrants:  Ethnicity and Trade Among Yunnanese Chinese in Southeast Asia, 1998). For the past decade, she had done fieldwork in Nuosu communities in southwest China.