Ethnic Mongolians living in Japan protested in front of the Chinese embassy in Tokyo. Photo/ANI
Ethnic Mongolians living in Japan protested in front of the Chinese embassy in Tokyo. Photo/ANI

Ethnic Mongolians in Tokyo hold anti-China protests for imposing language policy

ANI | Updated: Sep 06, 2020 13:19 IST


Tokyo [Japan], September 6 (ANI): Ethnic Mongolians living in Japan protested in front of the Chinese embassy in Tokyo against the policy to forcibly push Mandarin-language education in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region in northern China.
Some 15-20 people joined the protest on Saturday to raise their concern.
In Inner Mongolia, protests have been ongoing after a new policy aimed at pushing Mandarian language education across the region sparked widespread unrest among the country's ethnic Mongols. It has angered many as they saw it as a move to erase their culture.

Thousands of students in Inner Mongolia have taken to streets during the past week to rally against Beijing's three-year plan to push Mandarin language education across the northern region and phase out local history, literature and ethnic textbooks in favour of national course books.
According to local media reports, parents are also refusing to send their children to school in defiance of the new policy.

Activists say that under President Xi Jinping, the Chinese Communist Party has intensified to promote Mandarin and push the country's ethnic minorities to adopt a uniform Chinese identity.
The latest move to roll out Mandarin language instruction has raised fears that it could be the end for a minority language already at risk of fading away. (ANI)

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