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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


International Relations

Reader 1

William Ascher

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This thesis examines the plight of ethnic minorities in China’s Inner Mongolia and Guizhou regarding displacement and assimilation, and recommends policy reforms to mitigate losses of culture and sense of belonging to their ancestral areas. The heavy-handed government efforts of resettlement and cultural homogenization are in reaction to threats from more restive areas, but the treatment of the minorities may push them into similarly polarizing positions. The government’s rationales for resettlement, including productivity and unsupportable environmental concerns, serve as justifications for human rights abuses. Recommendations include increased transparency, genuine autonomy for the minorities, increased resources and efforts for cultural preservation, and financial support for resettled people.

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