FW: How does China treat its own minorities - compared to Western nations!!
- Date: Sat, 3 May 2008 06:29:18 -0700From: edwinsjng@...: Fwd: How does China treat its own minorities - compared to Western nations!!To: adrianho38@...; alexlao@...; yeoalana@...; ani@...; bar77bar77@...; bkbala@...; bernard@...; florida@...; cyusof@...; carl.myhre@...; ch_pee_1704@...; seahchinlee@...; yeoh7020@...; lau_chooseng@...; chrisandtie@...; elvinteh8@...; emilynng11@...; sonny44@...; ganason_euroforbes@...; henrychanwt@...; willy.oates@...; james@...; jfneyesonly@...; jsyeo82@...; josephine@...; karfailoh@...; fjw@...; kevinlimjj@...; kewleong.tiang@...; khchen@...; limkimlong888@...; kthava@...; limsinker@...; jadelow9@...; siewmei.lye@...; croda2000@...; lowtenghuat@...; samchua@...; charlien@...; ngshanj@...; shereenlim1@...; steohlh@...; cmtan@...; koid@...; toyhuah@...; tomseow@...; thloong@...; wee688@...; ykfook@...; yplpdisp@...: forwarded message attached.Edwin S.J.Ng PJK
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--Forwarded Message Attachment--Date: Sat, 3 May 2008 15:33:21 +0800To: chtan@...: chtan@...: How does China treat its own minorities - compared to Western nations!!Maybe, we in Malaysia should learn something from the Chinese about treating the minority races.CH
Date: Fri, 02 May 2008 18:57:42 +0800From: Philip Goh Subject: [SPAM]Fw: How does China treat its own minorities - compared to Western ----- Original Message ----- Sent: Friday, May 02, 2008 12:27 AMSubject: FW: How does China treat its own minorities - compared to Western nations!!
Subject: How does China treat its own minorities - when compared to Western nations!!
Extract from The Hypocrisy and Danger of Anti-China Demonstrationsan by Floyd Rudmin
China¡¯s treatment of its minorities has been exemplary compared to what the Western world has done to its minorities. After thousands of years of Chinese dominance, there still are more than 50 minorities in China. After a few hundred years of European dominance in North and South America, the original minority cultures have been exterminated, damaged, or diminished.
Chinese currency carries five languages: Chinese, Mongolian, Tibetan, Uigur, and Zhuang. In comparison, Canadian currency carries English and French, but no Cree or Inuktitut. If the USA were as considerate of ethnic minorities as is China, then the greenback would be written in English, Spanish, Cherokee and Hawaiian.
In China, ethnic minorities begin their primary schooling in their own language, in a school administered by one of their own community. Chinese language instruction is not introduced until age 10 or later. This is in sharp contrast to a history of coerced linguistic assimilation in most Western nations. The Australian government recently apologized to the Aboriginal minority for taking children from their families, forcing them to speak English, beating them if they spoke their mother tongue. China has no need to make such apology to Tibetans or to other minorities.
China¡¯s one-child-policy seems oppressive to Westerners, but it has not applied to minorities, only to the Han Chinese. Tibetans can have as many children as they choose. If Han people have more than one child, they are punished.
There is a similar preference given to minorities when it comes to admission to universities. For example, Tibetan students enter China¡¯s elite Peking University with lower exam scores than Han Chinese students.
China is not a perfect nation, but on matters of minority rights, it has been better than most Western nations. And China achieved this in the historical context of restoring itself and recovering from 200 years of continual crisis and foreign invasion.
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