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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.

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