Kazakh Perspective on China, Chinese and Chinese Migration

Aziz Burkhanov , Yu-Wen Chen

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Discourse analysis of different languages of newspapers in Kazakhstan reveals that Kazakhstanis’ views toward China and the Chinese are divided. The official discourse in both state-sponsored Russian and Kazakh newspapers is in accordance with the country’s policy toward further engagement with their rising Chinese neighbor. However, negative stereotypes of China and the Chinese, as well as sinophobia, are pervasive in private Kazakh language newspapers. Private Russian newspapers have a more nuanced view toward China, with a hidden inclination toward being critical of that country and its people. Although the majority of these societal voices do not have a direct impact on changing the national policies of Kazakhstan, they are important in the sense that Kazakhstan’s ruling elite must continue to gauge social views and to placate differences in order to secure the stability and legitimacy of the regime.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Minorities at Home and Abroad
EditorsMichael Dillon
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication dateMay 2017
ISBN (Print)9780415788571
Publication statusPublished - May 2017
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 517 Political science

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