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ERIC Number: EJ725143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug-1
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
China's Policies for Minority Nationalities in Higher Education: Negotiating National Values and Ethnic Identities
Clothey, Rebecca
Comparative Education Review, v49 n3 p389 Aug 2005
This study explores China's educational policies for ethnic minorities in one particular academic setting, the Central University for Nationalities (CUN) in Beijing, and how these policies are experienced by the students who are supposed to benefit from them. The study takes an emic perspective by looking at the perceptions of minority students at CUN on how these policies shape their social and economic opportunities and at how these students negotiate their ethnic identity within the context of a university specifically designed for the education of minorities. The study considers the experience of minority students with two types of educational background: (1) those who entered the university after completing bilingual schooling and (2) those who entered the university after completing an education in Mandarin Chinese, the dominant language of China. In this article, the author will first discuss the debates on language and ethnicity in education. Next he will examine relevant educational policies that are implemented in China and how these are used to create tertiary opportunities for China's minority nationalities. Finally, he will analyze the interplay between these policies and minority nationalities' self-perceptions as well as consider the implications the policies and the minority self-perceptions have for education and economic opportunity in China. (Contains 63 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China (Beijing)