"The audience at a government-organized horse racing festival in #Yushu, China, a city in the southwestern #Qinghai province. All announcements at the festival were made in both Chinese and #Tibetan, even though there were few Chinese speakers in attendance. In recent years, China has sharply scaled back, and restricted, the teaching of languages spoken by ethnic minorities in its western regions. Instead, leaders are promoting instruction in Chinese as part of a broad push to encourage the assimilation of Tibetans, Uighurs and other ethnic minorities into the dominant ethnic Han culture. Especially contentious, though, has been the shift away from teaching Tibetan. Photo by @gillessabrie, who worked on #nytassignment with Edward Wong and @nytvideo journalist @jkessel." By nytimes on Instagram.
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