(Inner Mongolia, China—Sept. 24, 2020) Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities claim “foreign forces” have incited protest against plans to replace the Mongolian language with Mandarin Chinese in schools.
The Implementation Scheme of Using the Chinese Textbook issued by Inner Mongolian authorities on August 26 states that starting this autumn:
- the instructional language of the 1st Grade’s classes in elementary schools will be Mandarin Chinese, and
- the instructional language of the political class of the 1st grade in elementary schools and the history class of junior high schools will be gradually replaced by Mandarin Chinese in the next two years.
In response to the CCP’s “Implementation Scheme…,” Mongolian parents, students, and teachers across the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region have protested, with photos and videos of them going viral. Three hundred employees of Inner Mongolian TV Station as well as faculty of the Normal University have signed a plea advocating for the protection of the Mongolian language.
The CCP dispatched police and public servants to each Mongolian household demanding they send their kids to schools. Otherwise, they would be fired. Authorities have also detained many who participated in demonstrations.
In addition to the CCP’s plan to assimilate the Mongolian language, Yang said, authorities forcibly change lifestyles, plunder resources, and repress faith, all actions that demonstrate cultural genocide. In 1981, Yang survived the massacre in the Cultural Revolution and the massive suppression which evolved from students’ protesting the “No. 28 document.” According to Yang, the cultural genocide policy equals the ongoing brainwashing in Inner Mongolia. Now, however, teenagers, youths, and others in China, not “foreign forces,” have taken a stand to speak up and protest.
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