The fight over Inner Mongolia's "bilingual education" policy
This week on Sinica, we discuss the controversy surrounding the decision by Beijing to selectively replace Mongolian-language instruction in schools in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region with Mandarin — and how people both in Inner Mongolia and in Mongolia are pushing back. We're joined by Christopher Atwood, one of the nation's leading specialists in Mongolian history and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and by Christian Sorace, an assistant professor of political science at Colorado College.
7:28 : A historical overview of Mongolian history through independence
19:03 : The demography of Inner Mongolia
23:09 : What the bilingual education policy would actually do
35:07 : The impetus for pushing language policy
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