Tensions over Tibet language policy simmering
Nov. 9 (McClatchy): Even though Tibetans are the biggest population locally — some 70 percent of the roughly 87,000 people in Tongren city, official statistics say — it’s Han Chinese, the national majority, who call the shots in Tibetan area of Qinghai.
Last month hundreds, perhaps thousands, of students in Tongren and surrounding towns marched against government plans to enforce Mandarin as the primary or possibly sole teaching language.
At the Qinghai Minzu University in Xining, set up for ethnic minority students, six Tibetan students all recently told a McClatchy reporter that tensions about the question of Tibetan instruction and Han influence in the region are far from over.
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