By Karma Tenzin, Tibet Policy Institute (TPI)-1 December 2021
The Chinese government is eradicating the sense of Tibetan identity among the younger generations.
For the past few years, a series of notices and new laws have created an environment where Tibetan children are prevented from learning the Tibetan language. For instance, in the 14th Five-Year Plan of the Chinese government, which was adopted on March 11 by the National People’s Congress (NPC), Article XLIII says:
“We will improve the assurance mechanisms for inclusive preschool education, special education, and professional education and increase the gross enrollment rate in preschool education to over 90%. We will raise the quality and level of education in ethnic minority regions and intensify efforts to popularize the national common language and writing system.”
The above plan indicates that the Chinese government intends to intensify and popularize the “national common language” (Mandarin) and the standard Chinese writing system. Through this, the party-state has made it clear that it intends to eliminate the source of social stability by eradicating the sense of Tibetan identity among the younger generations through intensive indoctrination and propaganda. Click here for full report.
*Mr. Karma Tenzin is a research fellow at the Tibet Policy Institute.