Minority Education in China: Balancing Unity and Diversity in an Era of Critical Pluralism
James Leibold, Yangbin Chen
Hong Kong University Press, Jan 1, 2014 - Education - 405 pages
This edited volume brings together essays by leading experts exploring different aspects of ethnic minority education in China: among these are the challenges associated with bilingual and trilingual education in Xinjiang and Tibet; Han Chinese reaction to preferential minority education; the role of inland boarding schools for minority students, and the mediation of religion and culture in multiethnic schools. The book covers these topics from a range of different perspectives: Uyghur, Tibetan, Korean, Mongolian, Han, and those of the West, combining empirical field studies with theoretical approaches. Previous scholarship has explored the pedagogical and policy challenges of minority education in China; this is the first volume to recast these problems in the light of the Chinese party-state's efforts to create ethnic harmony and stability through a shared sense of national belonging.