Yeah man, our university rocked the NY Times this past Friday:
Haven’t said a whole lot about our school in Beijing, but it’s called Minzu University (the Central University for Nationalities), and has student representation from all 56 ethnic groups in China, including a few extremely rare minority groups (some of which today have only 40 individuals total living in China). Pretty neat, but also often cause for ethnic tension and frequently barred front campus gates. Three days ago, entering campus without a student ID left you quivering under the fierce glare and intimidating threats of a middle-aged security guard, who, quite honestly, far too eagerly seized the opportunity to turn his monotonous job into a power play. At the time, we were told the heightened security was due to ambiguous 特别的活动 “special activities” on campus. It wasn’t until yesterday night when a friend posted the NY Times article on Facebook that I learned the news. According to the article, this past week, Tibetans all over the China carried out peaceful protests opposing eliminating the use of the Tibetan language in local schools. Since Minzu University minority students make up 60% of the total student population, the campus is inevitably a hot spot for protests. But it’s both a bit eerie and impressive how, in China, controversial activities can take place a 30 second walk from your dorm and you still won’t know about them.