1st Edition

Mainstreaming or Maintaining Ethnic Minorities and Their Education in Southwest China

By Wei Wang Copyright 2025
    160 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The book explores how ethnic minority culture is integrated into school practices inside and outside classrooms in Southwest China.


    The author investigates challenges in teaching and administration teachers have encountered in Chinese ethnic minority regions, specifically problems faced by teachers in ethnic Dai and ethnic Tujia; and how pre-service teachers are trained in current teacher education programmes in ethnic minority regions. Drawing on the theoretical frameworks of multicultural education and internal orientalism, the author contextualises multicultural education by analysing Chinese academic debates on the subject as well as investigating how political, social and cultural forces influence education for ethnic minorities in Southwest China.


    The book will appeal to scholars and graduate students in the fields of education, cultural studies, China studies and ethnic studies.

    1 Introduction  2 Ethnic minorities and their education in China  3 How did Chinese scholars discuss on ethnic minority education?  4 How do ethnic minority cultures manifest in mainstream schooling: the Xishuangbanna and Qianjiang case  5 How do teacher education institution train future teachers for ethnic minority education?  6 Conclusion and final remark: towards an alternative of intercultural education


    Wei Wang obtained his doctoral degree from Lund University, Sweden in 2019. At present, he works as an associate professor at Research Center of Rural Education in Hunan Normal University, China. His research interests include sociology of multiculturalism, intercultural education, ethnic minority education and teacher education.