“Think of it this way: if the tightrope walker was Chechen would it matter if the article said "Russian tightrope walker"? Of course it would, because it would not be true. Neither a Chechen nor a Russian would equate one with the other, even though both are citizens of the same country.
Yes, citizenship is a "valid basis to use as a term of nationality" in the USA, but it is an exception to the rule, since our 'nationality' is civic, not ethnic.”
“Saimaiti Aishan is NOT a 'Chinese tightrope walker' or, for that matter, a 'Chinese' anything.
He is a citizen of the PRC but - as the article states - an ethnic Uighur. An accurate title would be 'Tightrope walker in China.' This is an especially sensitive point among the Uighurs as they generally view the ethnic Chinese, who over the past few decades have been migrating by the millions (literally) into the Uighur's homeland, as de facto invaders.”
Dozel on Aug 8, 2011 at 17:28:05
“China has 56 ethnics. Uyghur is one of them. "Uighur" from your comment is a typo I think. And of course, Han is the majority, around 95% of the population. Similar to you theory, would you say that the Jews live in NYC are American citizen, but we can't say that they are American. We have many Uyghur students in many universities in Beijing and some other major cities. In fact, if a high school student is one of the minority ethnic group, he/she would get extra points on the final exam which would help a lot to go to a better university.”
Geoff Abram on Aug 8, 2011 at 17:24:39
“Citizenship is a valid basis to use a term of nationality, which the term Chinese can denote (in addition to ethnicity.) I'm guessing you might say he's Uighur-Chinese, the same way you might say African-American. But really? It's all just semantics.”
tonewheel on Aug 8, 2011 at 16:42:56
“I couldn't agree more.
Here in America, it's not important to get things like that correct. Because Americans really don't care. Like the comment above mine, proving my point.
The most interesting years I spent were living and working overseas. Having the opportunity to view America from the outside in was eye opening.”
Temsi on Aug 8, 2011 at 16:38:13
“Yes, because THAT is the important part of this story.”
“There is a glaring omission in this list, namely the (former) Columbia University political science professor, David Epstein, who was discovered to be having an incestuous relationship with his daughter. He was charged with one count of incest in the third degree.
“Wonderful to see inspiration prompting action by and for children. A note on the Soweto riots, though: the protests started when the Apartheid regime mandated the use of Afrikaans as a language of instruction in the township schools. Afrikaans, as the mother tongue of the regime's leaders, was viewed as an oppresor's language. The previous language of instruction and the one the students wanted to maintain was English. The students didn't want to be taught in 'their own language' because in Soweto that could mean Zulu or some dozen other vernaculars. But they did want to be taught in the language of their own choice. Students and language rights are a common story in struggling populations, whether Bangla versus Urdu in Bangladesh or Inuit versus English in Canada or Kurdish versus Arabic in Iraq. The brave children of Soweto are an example of how high a price will be paid for the right to learn in a language of choice, and to become the adults they want to become.”