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China’s National Minority Education: Culture, Schooling, and Development


reviewed by Vilma Seeberg — 2001

coverTitle: China’s National Minority Education: Culture, Schooling, and Development
Author(s): Gerard A. Postiglione, ed
Publisher: Garland Publishing, London
ISBN: 0815322232 , Pages: 275, Year: 1998
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China’s National Minority Education: Culture, Schooling, and Development, edited by Gerard A. Postiglione of the University of Hong Kong, is concerned with multicultural education in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It deals with general issues and specific histories of education among national and religious minority people under an authoritarian Communist government. As opposed to the familiar self-depiction of the Chinese government as a champion of the cause of "Third World" peoples of color internationally, this volume provides us with a rare look at the lived experience, cultural memory, and educational processes experienced by minority people within the Chinese state. The material challenges us to think in more nuanced ways about the ambivalence of minority people about participating in the state-sponsored, Han-centered, standardized, test-driven, free and compulsory school system of the PRC. This volume helps to fill a void in two bodies of literature: in multicultural education where in-depth studies of non-Western settings are rare; in Chinese socio-political studies, where minority people and issues have remained marginal and,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 1, 2001, p. 10-13
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10579, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 11:07:30 PM

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  • Vilma Seeberg
    Kent State University
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    Vilma Seeberg is an Assistant Professor in Educational Foundations at Kent State University. She is the author of the new book Rhetoric and Reality of Mass Education in Mao's China (Edward Mellen Press, 2000).
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