Chinese government's efforts to assimilate ethnic minorities in Tibet, including through the education system, are leading to a decline in the Tibetan language and culture. Tibetan diaspora members returning to their homeland after years have witnessed a shift towards Mandarin instruction in boarding schools, with limited Tibetan language classes. This linguistic move away from Tibetan among young students attending residential schools is seen as a significant shift, risking the erosion of Tibetan identity. The Chinese government defends the boarding school system, but experts warn of the potential loss of cultural heritage and draw comparisons to past assimilation efforts in the US and Canada.
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