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China's Assimilationist Language Policy by Gerard A. Postiglione, Gulbahar H. Beckett

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1    China's language policy forindigenous and minorityeducation

Gulbahar H. Beckett and Gerard A. Postiglione

Worrying trends

China has experienced rapid changes in political, economic, educational, and language policies and practices. These changes not only impact society in general, but especially its 110 million-strong indigenous and minority population, most notably in the areas of language of instruction and cultural identity (Beckett & Postiglione, 2010). Language policies have alternated between what Zhou (2003) calls pluralistic and integrationist approaches, emphasizing accommodation and assimilation, respectively (also see Zhou & Sun, 2004). During pluralistic periods of accommodation, additive, and even elite bilingual policies, ...

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