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Minority Languages, Education and Communities in China outlines and reflects on the status and situation of minority communities, their languages and educational practices by identifying policies and progress in different regions and time spans. The work is based on studies into the language policy, implementation arrangements, and outcomes. It contains fresh case study material from field work in Yunnan, Hunan, Guizhou, Xinjiang and the Tibet region from 1995 to 2007. It also examines current research and programs for foreign minorities currently underway in Hong Kong. Particular attention is paid to the attributes of minority language themselves and their unique communities. Recognising that national and local policies towards minorities are frequently conceived for rhetorical or political reasons, it looks critically at language outcomes in regard to policy, stakeholder acceptance, and classroom practice. The study also identifies challenges which lie ahead resulting from recent economic and social change, the impact of globalization and concerns over human rights issues and democratic expression.


Description

Minority Languages, Education and Communities in China outlines and reflects on the status and situation of minority communities, their languages and educational practices by identifying policies and progress in different regions and time spans. The work is based on studies into the language policy, implementation arrangements, and outcomes. It contains fresh case study material from field work in Yunnan, Hunan, Guizhou, Xinjiang and the Tibet region from 1995 to 2007. It also examines current research and programs for foreign minorities currently underway in Hong Kong. Particular attention is paid to the attributes of minority language themselves and their unique communities. Recognising that national and local policies towards minorities are frequently conceived for rhetorical or political reasons, it looks critically at language outcomes in regard to policy, stakeholder acceptance, and classroom practice. The study also identifies challenges which lie ahead resulting from recent economic and social change, the impact of globalization and concerns over human rights issues and democratic expression.


Contents

List of Maps, Figures and Tables
Foreword: J.Cleverley
Preface
Series Editor's Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
Profile
Minorities in the Past: Historical Experience
New Policies and Practice under Communism
Minority Language Issues under the Open Door
Policies and Practice: A Case Study in Yunnan
Policies and Practice: A Case Study in Xinjiang
Language Policies and Prospects in Hong Kong
Progress, Challenges and Prospects
Appendices
Notes
Bibliography
Index


Authors

LINDA TSUNG lectured at the University of Sydney, Australia for 10 years, where she also served as director of the China Education. She is Assistant Professor, Division of Language and Literature, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong.