Conclusion

 

The problem of the Han-minority education achievement gap can be explained in three different ways. The ethnic minority groups are also economically disadvantaged and are largely located in rural parts of China. Thus the education achievement gap between Han students and ethnic minority students is also the education achievement gap between city students and rural countryside students. There are also the cultural conflicts between the Han and the ethnic minority groups. As this conflict is largely politicized, the voices of some minority groups are suppressed.

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Continued Observations in Tibet

 

During my interview with the Tibetan officials, I was able to acquire their work reports that are not open to the general public. Combined with my interviews with students and officials, I was able to gain a more holistic understanding of government’s projects in Tibet.

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Observations in Tibet

I planned to do my interviews in Sichuan Province, but due to the pressures from local governments officials and the flood in the Yi region, I had to choose a new research site. The new spot I picked up was Lhasa. The situation faced by the Tibetan people are really similar to that faced by the Yi people. Both are ethnic minority groups in China, and both had their own written language and religion. Furthermore, both groups are located in rural and less developed regions in China.

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Interviewing Gaoyuan Hou: a Yi anthropologist

 

As I have written in my project proposal, I planned to work with Aite Gongyi throughout the summer. In my proposal, I would work with them to help enter local community and identify key informants to continue my work. But they later rejected to work with me because local government officials were giving them pressure. As a back-up plan, they introduced me to Professor Hou, a Yi anthropologist.

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Abstract: Han-Yi Education Achievement Gap in China

Hi Everyone,

My name is Yukuan Hao, and I am grateful for this opportunity to explore the Han-Yi Education Achievement Gap with the help of Charles Center and the Sharpe Program. I have been working with this proposal for nearly a year, with the help of  Professor David Aday from his Sharpe seminar:”Communities and Neighborhoods: Class, Race and Space” and his research methods course.

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