Chinese ethnic minorities

Chinese ethnic minorities

‘Don’t try to tame me’: Mongols in China protest plan to teach in Chinese
Ethnic Mongols in China are protesting a government decision to expand the use of Mandarin Chinese in schools attended by minority students. The regional government of Inner Mongolia, home to the world’s largest ethnic Mongol population, said last week it planned to have all Mongol pupils study three compulsory subjects – literature, history and ethics – in Chinese. Other subjects, such as maths and arts, will continue be taught in Mongolian. The announcement prompted strong discontent among Mongols in China, with some accusing the Han-dominated central government of erasing the ethnic group’s culture. “If we are not allowed to use our mother tongue, our group will shrink and the ethnicity w
‘I can’t accept China having people of different skin colors’
China’s proposed bill on granting permanent residency to foreigners has unleashed a wave of xenophobia on the Chinese internet. Even though China has one of the lowest shares of foreign-born people in the entire world, many people worry that a potential rise in foreign immigrants will make their life harder. In response to the bill, people have posted hostile comments online, especially against black people and Muslims, demanding that the government toughen rules on immigration. We spoke with several fierce opponents of the permanent residency bill about why they do not want more immigrants in China.