Preferential Education Policies in Multi-ethnic China
National Rhetoric, Local Realities
Preferential Education Policies in Multi-ethnic China: National Rhetoric, Local Realities explores the cultural logic of China's preferential policy measures. Similar in premise but different in practice and philosophy to American affirmative action, the preferential policies evoke controversy on all sides: from those who see the measures as insufficient to address problems of educational disparities between ethnic groups, and from those who see the measures as "reverse discrimination." Yamada shows how the policy measures attempt to manage ethnic-based contradictions and appease both majority and minority populations.