The Lesser-Known Uyghurs of Xinjiang

I went to a lecture today by U. of Michigan professor Douglas Northrop. he discussed the issue of transborder politics and the effect of imperialism in Central Asia. We centered our understanding of identity formation on the Uyghurs of Xinjiang. They are an ethnic minority belong of Turkish origins, and the injustices brought upon the minorities are comparable to those discussed (and rumored) by the Chinese mistreatment of the Tibetans.

Yet, I have not heard anything about the Uyghurs until today. That is unfortunate. They were in the news last week (link to the LA times post) because people are urging for the freeing of 17 Uyghur detainees at Guantanamo.

It's an interesting perspective on yet another part of China that I had no understanding or knowledge of. Here's more reading on them if you're interested.

I'll post more thoughts about this soon.

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