China Sinicization: the Imposition of Chinese Language on Tibetan Monastics

China Sinicization: the Imposition of Chinese Language on Tibetan Monastics
Source: Tibetan Review (2021).

Giulia Benzi,

Tibet Team

Freedom of expression and individual linguistic rights of Tibetan monastics continue to be threatened by China’s sinicization process of Tibetan Buddhism. The Chinese government has issued an order imposing Chinese Mandarin in Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist universities and other educational organizations. Under this policy, Tibetan language and culture is being undermined again, as monastics and students are obliged to converse and study in Chinese language instead of their mother tongue. This latest move from the Chinese President Xi Jinping clearly represents another attempt to impose the Chinese language and culture over Tibet. 

The gravity of this governmental policy is confirmed by the words of the Director of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in India, Geshe Lhakdor, who explicitly said that “This policy is just an ignorant power play by the Chinese government”.

China is therefore continuing to impose its language and cultural norms on Tibetan schools and religious spaces, demonstrating its clear intention to promote Xi’s Sinicization process over ethnic minorities’ regions in the Tibetan region. 

References:

Tibetan Review (2021). China Orders Tibetan Monastics to Study, Converse in Chinese Language. Retrieved 7th October from https://www.tibetanreview.net/china-orders-tibetan-monastics-to-study-converse-in-chinese-language/