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Will Kymlicka and Baogang He

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199277629

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199277621.001.0001

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Minority Rights with Chinese Characteristics 1

Minority Rights with Chinese Characteristics 1

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(p.56) 3 Minority Rights with Chinese Characteristics1
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Multiculturalism in Asia
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Baogang He (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199277621.003.0003

The growing influence of liberalism in China has made it important to determine the response of traditional Chinese political thought to Western liberal ideas of multicultural citizenship, and the impact of the Western liberal model of minority rights on China’s ethnic minority policy. This chapter begins by discussing the basic characteristics of the Confucian approach to minority questions and minority rights. It examines the influence of Marxism on minority rights, in general, and on Chinese practice, in particular. It then discusses China’s policies on ethic minorities, and compares current Chinese practices with the Western liberal model of minority rights.

Keywords:   China, minority rights, Western liberalism, political thought, multicultural citizenship, minority policy, Confucian approach, Marxism

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