Cutting Off Your Tongues For Your Own Good

From Uyghurs and Tibetans in China’s far west to Mongolians and Koreans in the north and east, a heavy-handed Communist Party policy to expand Chinese language education at the expense of native languages is meeting resistance from ethnic minorities who see a concerted drive to wipe out local tongues and identities. Inner Mongolia has seen weeks of class boycotts and street protests, while the Korean region in Jilin province has been blanketed with police to deter activism.

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