By Gerard A. Postiglione
This quantity specializes in guidelines and practices within the schooling of China's nationwide minorities with the aim of assessing the ambitions and impression of state-sponsored schooling for China's non-Han peoples. The essays within the 4 sections of this ebook learn cultural demanding situations to country education, the level of academic provision in minority parts, the views of Tibetan and Uyghur minorities towards state schooling, besides supplying case reports of 4 nationwide minorities. The publication makes the purpose that regardless of the authoritarian personality of China's kingdom education, variety reigns. Read more...
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