CCCS Seminar: From the Pursuit of Unity to Respect of Diversity: A Retrospect and Reflection of Chinese Ethnic Policy

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

China is a multinational country with 56 ethnic groups. However, its population structure is highly homogenous (the Han account for more than 90 % of the whole population) and its living structure is ethnic-mixed. China has a long history of dealing with interethnic relation. Equally long is the tradition of theorizing about ethnic relations, based largely on the Confucian tradition in ancient times, supplemented with Marxism theory (including the Mao Zedong’s theory) in the last 60 years. Robert Li’s seminar will analyze these theories, their evolution and application in China.

Robert Li is a PhD candidate at Peking University, China. Since October 2010 he has been a visiting scholar in the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at Melbourne Law School. Mr Li’s research interests lie in comparative constitutional law, equal protection and anti-discrimination, and power separation.

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Venue: Room 605, Melbourne Law School