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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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Education and Cultural Diversity in Multiethnic China

Education and Cultural Diversity in Multiethnic China

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(p.27) 1 Education and Cultural Diversity in Multiethnic China
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Minority Education in China
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Gerard Postiglione

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208135.003.0002

Deeply informed by Western scholarship on multicultural education, Postiglione argues that China is at a crucial turning point as the rapid pace of economic and social reforms opens up new divisions and ethnic tensions within Chinese society. He puts forward two possible directions: the sort of plural monoculturalism discussed by Amartya Sen or a more harmonious, and arguably indigenous, form of multiculturalism. Despite some encouraging signs, Postiglione warns that in terms of educational policy, China appears to be heading in the direction of emphasizing assimilation over any harmonious acceptance of diversity. When compared to Western multiculturalism, Chinese society, with its tradition on Chinese culturalism, exhibits a much more conservative form of multiculturalism than any that currently operates in the West.

Keywords:   China, Ethnicity, Minority education, State schooling in China, Multicultural education, Multiculturalism, Plural Monoculturalism, Harmonious multiculturalism, Chinese culturalism

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