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Minority Education in ChinaBalancing Unity and Diversity in an Era of Critical Pluralism$
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James Leibold and Yangbin Chen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208135

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208135.001.0001

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Towards Another Minority Educational Elite Group in Xinjiang?

Towards Another Minority Educational Elite Group in Xinjiang?

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(p.201) 9 Towards Another Minority Educational Elite Group in Xinjiang?
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Minority Education in China
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Chen Yangbin

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208135.003.0010

In his chapter, Chen Yangbin suggests that given their different responses to the growing complexity of the “Xinjiang problem,” Uyghur graduates from specialized dislocated schools are likely to form a new educational elite group. These Uyghur youth, who attend boarding schools in inland cities (Xinjiangban) and undertook the university entrance exam in Putonghua, have gained access to universities across inland China, including some of China’s most prestigious. Based on an initial survey of these graduates, Chen delineates the uniqueness of their experiences both at university and in their daily lives in eastern China. He demonstrates their feeling of superiority in terms of educational achievement, which they attempt to balance with an equally strong sense of representing Uyghur culture. The chapter also analyzes the implications of this new group of elites when viewed against the background of identity, multiculturalism and ethnic integration in China

Keywords:   Xinjiang, Uyghurs, Xinjiangban, China, Dislocated inland schools, Minority education, Multicultural education, Educational elites, Elites, Chinese minorities

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