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Claremont McKenna College

Publication Date

Fall 2011

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China: Language, Cultures, and Ethnic Minorities


This paper aims to examine minority language policy and practice in China, particularly among the Bai minority in Yunnan Province. There are large discrepancies between what law stipulates and what occurs in practice. Based on a literature review and findings from my study, minority students in rural areas are at a comparative disadvantage with minority students in urban areas who have greater access to resources and better educational facilities. Offering bilingual and multicultural education is of greater importance to rural minority students in creating a culturally relative environment to improve academic achievement.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Inequality and Stratification