Chinese ethnic minorities

Chinese ethnic minorities

China says it will move to “normalize” internment camps in Xinjiang
China will move to “normalize” mass internment facilities in Xinjiang and open what Beijing calls education facilities in the region in the future, amid rising US-China clashes over the treatment of ethnic minorities in the western region. In a press conference on Monday, Shohrat Zakir, chairman of the Xinjiang government, took aim at foreign media and western governments, blaming them for distorting the image of China’s controversial counter-terrorism efforts in the predominately Muslim region, in particular its mass detention of Uygurs accused of harboring extremist ideas by the authorities. “The US is getting restless and has launched a smear campaign against Xinjiang,” he said. “But no f
China says it will move to “normalize” internment camps in Xinjiang
China to scale back affirmative action for ethnic minorities
China is set to scale back its affirmative action policies for ethnic minorities, which could result in curbs on education opportunities as well as the removal of tax benefits and other subsidies for minority groups.  China has 56 officially recognized ethnic groups. The majority Han Chinese make up more than 90% of the population, while the other 55 groups, including ethnic Mongols, Tibetans and Uygurs, have about 110 million people, or four times the population of Australia.  Many minorities live in less-developed regions and face prevalent discrimination in the Han-dominated society. For decades, the government has granted them certain benefits, which resemble the affirmative action polic
China to scale back affirmative action for ethnic minorities
Report details workings of China’s secretive Muslim detention camps
Newly published documents purported to be leaked directives have detailed inner workings of China’s mass detention of the Muslim minorities in the nation’s far western region of Xinjiang. A Sunday report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) says the documents offer a granular window into the day-to-day operations of the camps, where an estimated 1.5 million people have been detained.  Analysts told the group these classified documents confirm many previous reportings from eyewitness and reported accounts of what Beijing calls “re-education” programs to prevent terrorism. Responding to the Guardian, a partner of the ICIJ, the Chinese government called the docum
Report details workings of China’s secretive Muslim detention camps
Ethnic minority actress wins support in China for defying cyberbullying
Chinese feminists are voicing support for an ethnic Kazakh actress who’s trying to fight against cyberbullying by sharing the malicious comments she has received on social media with her five million fans.  Cyberbullying of female celebrities has become more widely discussed in China since 25-year-old South Korean star Sulli, who was unusually outspoken and struggled with online abuse, was found dead in her home last month.  Actress Rayza, an ethnic Kazakh born and raised in Beijing, is best known for acting in a number of popular period dramas. But the 33-year-old is also one of the most divisive figures on the Chinese internet due to her openness about her mental health struggles. She fir
Ethnic minority actress wins support in China for defying cyberbullying
DNA records suggest new origins of Han Chinese
The Yellow River has long been seen as the sole cradle of Chinese civilization, but a new study shows Han Chinese can also trace its origins to two other river valleys. Research published in the online journal Molecular Biology and Evolution on Wednesday said the Yangtze and Pearl rivers – as well as the Yellow River – gave rise to genetically separate groups about 10,000 years ago. Those ancestors then mingled to become Han Chinese, the largest ethnic group in the world today, a group that makes up nearly 92% of China’s population. “The history of Han Chinese is more sophisticated than thought,” said Professor Kong Qingdong, a researcher with the Kunming Institute of Zoology at the Chinese
DNA records suggest new origins of Han Chinese
‘Tibetans and Uygurs not accepted’: Apple supplier probes hiring discrimination
Now hiring: workers at the world’s biggest iPhone factories. Tibetans and Uyghurs need not apply. The exclusion of ethnic minority job seekers was openly stated by a recruiting agency for Foxconn, Apple’s largest supplier, in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou. In response to an inquiry from Inkstone, Foxconn said on Friday that it had begun an investigation into the agency and vowed to help end discriminatory hiring. “It has come to our attention that an unauthorized recruitment agency may be using our name illegally for recruitment purposes and without Foxconn approval,” the company said in a statement to Inkstone. “We immediately alerted local government officials to this possible illi
‘Tibetans and Uygurs not accepted’: Apple supplier probes hiring discrimination