China’s Minorities Oppressed?
In 2009, local authorities in Southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality discovered that 31 senior high school students had falsely claimed to be from ethnic minority groups in an effort to receive bonus points on their gaokao.
Around 800 senior high school students from North China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region were caught faking their ethnic identity in 2011 for the same reason.
“They have more opportunities in terms of political activities and the pursuit of higher education,” Li Zhen, 25, a second-year Han graduate student at MUC, told the Global Times.
Wulefan Nuerlan, a first-year Kazakh graduate student from the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture of Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, told the Global Times that she could feel the envy when she received 50 extra points on her gaokao in 2007.
As with affirmative action debates overseas, sentiments expressed online are mixed.
A Web user named Xihuanheben said on a Baidu forum that “Everyone is equal, these policies are extremely unfair to Han people.”
Others opposed to affirmative action policies framed them as also being discriminatory toward minority groups. Read more…