China's Governance Issues: The Complex Problem of Ethnic Minorities
Professor Ralph W. Huenemann
University of Victoria
5:00-6:30pm Monday 14 May
Room S-1.04, Strand Building, Strand Campus
Our contemporary world is organised as “nation-states”- a recent human invention, and one with some important inherent difficulties. For China today, as for many other nation-states, ethnic minorities pose serious problems of governance. China has many “minority peoples” (55 by the official count), but two groups cause special difficulties at present. One group is Buddhist(Tibetans and others), and the other is Islamic (Uygurs and others). It is important to understand how these peoples came to be part of China as presently defined, how each side sees “us” and “them,” and why there are no easy solutions to the frictions that persist.
About the Speaker
Ralph W. Huenemann is Professor Emeritus of International Business at the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria (UVic). Professor Huenemann joined the UVic faculty in 1987, when he accepted the Center for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) Chair in Economic Relations with China. He served simultaneously as the Founding Director of CAPI. He taught in the School of Public Administration from 1987 to 1997, and in the Faculty of Business from 1997 to 2005. He was also an Adjunct Professor in Economics during his time at UVic. Between 2005 and 2008, he held the position of Visiting Professor of Economics and International Business at the Guanghua School of Management (Peking University). Professor Huenemann is a leading expert and has published extensively on China’s economic and social development. He has worked on many development projects in China and elsewhere in Asia for the World Bank, Canadian International Development Agency, and other agencies.