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Uyghur and Tibetian to be replaced by Mandarin

Mandarin proficiency is becoming a prerequisite for Tibetian and Uyghur speaking job-seekers in the Autonomous Regions in China, despite the local lanauge being the official one by law.

Mandarin-proficient youth complained they repetitively saw notices saying “Uyghurs need not reply” and said job givers preferred Han Chinese to minority groups.

It is reported the mother tongue is only used at the very early stages of schooling which may be problematic as more and more human rights workers observe this would make indigenous languages and cultures extinct.

It is estimated that around 40 minority languages in China are already on the verge of extinction.


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