Minority Language Policy and Practice in China: The Need for Multicultural Education

Yuxiang Wang, JoAnn Phillion

Abstract


In this article, we examine minority language policy and practice in China and discuss the large gaps between what is stipulated by law and what occurs in practice. Based on a literature review and findings from our study, we contend
that adopting multicultural education in China would help law makers and local officials value and respect minority languages and culture and help teachers design culturally relevant curricula. The overall purpose for multicultural
education in China would be to create a culture and language environment for minority students to improve academic achievement and to address social injustice.

Keywords


multicultural education; language policy; Chinese minority language

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18251/ijme.v11i1.138

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