China’s Ethnic Minority Kids Caught in Language Trap – Emma Graham-Harrison

From Reuters:

Wearing an NBA sweatshirt and a Mickey Mouse cap, 13-year-old Mingbayi Abdubaki plays beside the mountainous highway to Pakistan with a battery-powered earth digger he built himself from scrap.

The Chinese teenager hopes to design real machines when he grows up, but if you believe his headmaster, he cannot understand a word of classes at his state-funded school.

…But as Beijing pushes to bring more Han Chinese teachers to Xinjiang — where it fears agitation by members of the largest minority group, the Uighurs, for a separate state — that is true for fewer and fewer ethnic-minority schools.
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