How China’s new language policy sparked rare backlash in Inner Mongolia

Ethnic Mongolian students and parents in northern China have staged mass school boycotts over a new curriculum that would scale back education in their mother tongue, in a rare and highly visible protest against the ruling Communist Party’s intensified push for ethnic assimilation.



a group of people standing in front of a building: Mongolian citizens protest at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, against China's plan to reduce teaching in Mongolian at schools in the neighboring Chinese region of Inner Mongolia on August 31, 2020.


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Mongolian citizens protest at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, against China’s plan to reduce teaching in Mongolian at schools in the neighboring Chinese region of Inner Mongolia on August 31, 2020.

Under the new policy, Mandarin Chinese will replace Mongolian as the medium of instruction for three subjects in elementary and middle schools for minority groups across the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, home to 4.2 million ethnic Mongolians.

Authorities have defended the adoption of a national standardized curriculum — which comes with Chinese textbooks compiled and approved by policymakers in Beijing — will improve minority students’ paths

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GUEST OPINION: The ‘real and rare’ premise of higher education | Opinion

Recently, the centuries old $80+ billion natural diamond industry has been disrupted with technology that fabricates diamonds in labs for growing use in tech-markets — 5G networks, satellites, and quantum computing. Not to be confused with imitation diamonds (cubic zirconia) these are real diamonds produced through use of heat and hydraulic presses. They can be produced at a fraction of the cost of natural diamonds and even experts are unable to distinguish between natural and lab-produced specimens, which means that they are suitable for yet another application — jewelry. The traditional players are so concerned that some such as DeBeers are investing in the technology.

Further, the Diamond Producers Association launched a marketing campaign meant to combat the disruption with the theme “What is Real is Rare” seeking to convince consumers to value rarity and authenticity (natural diamonds) versus functionality or even beauty.

The concept of authentically branded value applies

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Prince Charles Pens a Rare Article About the Impact of COVID-19 on Young People

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson – Getty Images

From Harper’s BAZAAR

Prince Charles has highlighted the plight of young people who could need “urgent help” to protect their futures from the coronavirus pandemic.

In an article published in the Sunday Telegraph, Prince Charles suggested there could be one million young people who have been impacted by the pandemic that now require critical help and support. He added that it is a “particularly difficult time to be young.”

The royal also warned that the challenge of helping those in need was “unquestionably vast, but not insurmountable,” and compared the current situation to “other times when hope was scarce,” referencing youth unemployment in the 1970s which prompted him to found his charity, The Prince’s Trust.

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