Japanese lawmakers about Wednesday launched a parliamentary coalition to “protect Mongolian culture from the Chinese government’s assimilation policies”, Jiji Press reported.
The coalition will be headed by Sanae Takaichi, the former Minister of the Interior and Communications, along with members of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), the report said.
The multi-party parliamentary coalition in southern Mongolia, the report said, would aim to “protect the language and culture of the Mongols in China,” which is threatened by the assimilation policies of the Communist Party Chinese property (CCP) is in power.
Temurlun, an ethnic Mongol currently living in Japan, said the move was a huge incentive for ethnic Mongols from China’s northern Inner Mongolia region, where activists human rights called South Mongolia.
“The alliance … was established by the parliament of Japan today Temurlun told the RFA to be extremely encouraging for the South Mongolians in exile.
He said that the CCP is trying to “quench” the traditional culture of nomadic Mongols within China’s borders.
The coalition’s debut comes after Japanese lawmakers held a conference earlier this month on how best to oppose Mongolian language and culture in China.
Taken more seriously in Japan
According to Japan-based Mongolian Khubis, the former president of the independent Mongolian nation, bordering China’s Inner Mongolia, also made proposals to Japanese lawmakers.
“They were influenced by the response they received from a large number of members of Japan’s parliament, but also by what was happening in Xinjiang and Hong Kong,” Khubis said.
“That’s why they set up [this] League. “
Xi Haiming welcomes the move to continue Wednesday.
“Japanese lawmakers have been taking the Chinese government’s repression and abuse of human rights much more serious. [lately]”Mr. Xi said.
He said the policies are taken from August 2020 The CCP’s aim to phase out medium-Mongolian teaching in regional schools – a move that has spurred school protests and boycotts across the region – has been a major catalyst for League.
“Last year, we saw a reduction in Mongolian teaching and lawmakers formed this coalition on their own initiative after many deliberations,” said Xi. and research.
Yang Haiying, a professor at Shizuoka University, Japan, said Japan feels a special relationship with Inner Mongolia, because some areas were once colonized by Japan.
“This is similar to UK constructive intervention in Hong Kong … it’s just a use of nationalism,” Yang said.
According to the South Mongolian Center for Information and Human Rights (SMHRIC) based in New York, the CCP is promoting “cultural genocide” policies in the northern region of Inner Mongolia.
Viewers in the region are currently under attack by political advertisements for “national unity” and “national harmony”, while content in Mongolian has been replaced by a plurality show Han Chinese chemistry, the group said in a report last month.
Give up teaching Mongolian
Meanwhile, ethnic Mongol adults are being targeted by campaigns to learn Chinese, with new Mandarin programs being broadcast in the region ever since. December 2020.
The People’s Daily reported in March the gradual elimination of teaching in Mongolian when the National People’s Congress (NPC) ruled that “minority language media education is unconstitutional”, People’s Daily reported in March.
This ruling seems to replace a provision in Article 4 of the constitution, which once stated: “All peoples have the right to freedom and right to use and develop their spoken and written language and to protect survive or reform their folk customs and practices. “
It paved the way for the purge of any additional historical or cultural material from classes related to traditional Mongolian culture.
The regional government banned some Mongolian history textbooks from classrooms after they were found to “overemphasize the identities of certain ethnic groups while not emphasizing nationality and village. common identity of China, “according to a statement posted on the government website and cited by SMHRIC.
SMHRIC also cited statements from parents stating that it is currently not allowed to mention Mongolian culture in schools and that even ethnic Mongolian preschoolers are being taught in Mandarin instead. for the Mongolian language, as was the case before.
Khubis previously said the move may have something to do with the independent Mongolian government’s plan to go back to the pure Mongolian script that is taught to Chinese children in primary schools until recently.
Mongolia previously wrote the language using the Cyrillic alphabet, but is now planning to move away from the relic of Soviet occupation, meaning content written in Mongolian could soon be read by the Hmong people across the border in China, reinforcing national consciousness and cultural identity.
Qiao Long’s Report to RFA’s Mandarin Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.