”The Last Hurrah? Political Protest in Inner Mongolia“ by William R.Jankowiak
Over 6,000 Mongolian college students, on three separate occasions, poured into the streets of Huhhot, capital of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (IMAR) of the People’s Republic of China, in the autumn of 1981, shouting slogans, singing songs, petitioning the public and disrupting all manner of commerce and traffic. To many Huhhotians, it was another public demonstration of the lingering wounds of the Cultural Revolution, a period of social turbulence that the Chinese govemment now refers to as ‘a national disaster’. The Mongols poignantly refer to the period as the Great Sorrow (da ku), for it was during this period that an extraordinary number of Mongols were arrested, imprisoned, tortured and killed. The repercussions of these acts continue to reverberate throughout much of the IMAR and have contributed to a generalized yet sharp sense of moral ambiguity, outrage and ethnic assertiveness.