When a local is asked about discrimination :
"Discrimination? Well, almost none, to be frank. They appoint some Han Chinese officials to supervise the administration, but basically I don't think Korean people here have problems with promotions or business because of their ethnicity. Sometimes being a minority even helps a bit - it's easier to get to a university if you come from a minority group."
When another local is asked about identity :
"We are a minority group of China, China is our country, so there is no need to study Korean history or literature," one ethnic Korean told me. "When they teach national history at our schools, it means the history of China, and China only."
Dr. Lankov's comment :
but it seems that the overwhelming majority of the local Koreans indeed see themselves as "hyphenated Chinese", not as proud overseas citizens of either Korean state. Their loyalties are, in most cases, firmly with Beijing.
It was instructive to see two Korean families who sat next to me on a train: the youngsters, in their 20s, spoke Korean to the parents but preferred Mandarin among themselves.
So this is what's going on in China where a minority ethnic group undergoes further sinification process not by force but by rational choice as analysed by Dr. Lankov "who enjoys dog meat soup there."
Details of Dr. Andrei Lankov 's essay on the topic visit this site :
I would say other minority ethnic groups are also going through more or less same sinification process as China modernises.
What would you think?
Edited by Danny.T, 06 September 2007 - 11:18 AM.