Uyghur Papers

The Uyghurs are one of the ten most populous stateless nations in the world. While they have a long history of cultural accomplishments and political influence, they have remained marginal in international scholarship given their ambiguous position both in regional studies and in geopolitics. Nonetheless, given their contribution to global and regional, historical and cultural processes, there has developed a transnational community of scholars whose research is focused on the Uyghur people’s history, culture, and society.

The Biopolitics of China’s “War on Terror” and the Exclusion of the Uyghurs

Sean R. Roberts (2018) The biopolitics of China’s “war on terror” and the exclusion of the Uyghurs, Critical Asian Studies, DOI: 10.1080/14672715.2018.1454111 This article provides an overview of People’s Republic of China (PRC) counter-terrorism policies targeting Uyghurs since 2001 when the state first asserted that it faced a terrorist threat from this population. In reviewing these policies and their impact, […]

False Alarm: Xinjiang and China’s National Security

  Author: Yitzhak Shichor Source: The Routledge Handbook of Asian Security Studies Abstract: A remote region in Western China usually avoided by foreigners, and even by Chinese, Xinjiang has reached the headlines over the last two decades. International media, also underscored by Beijing’s, have created the impression that Xinjiang is in a state of war, […]

Voices from the Diaspora: Uyghur Journalists and Protests Against China’s Aggressive Security Crackdown

Separated Souls: Uighur journalist’s unbreakable resolve to help her detained family Source: Amnesty International Gulchehra Hoja still remembers the first time her daughter, then three years old, met her grandparents. “That was their happiest time,” Gulchehra said of her parents. “They treated her like a princess.” That was 10 years ago. It was her daughter’s […]

Research Update: Security Matters in Marriage, Song and Dance in China’s Muslim Borderlands, and Uyghur Gathering

Author: Mei Ding, Fudan University Source: Central Asian Survey Abstract: Based on anthropological fieldwork conducted in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China in 2016 and 2017, this article addresses the meanings of security from subjective perspectives by investigating Uyghur perceptions of marriage, which offer crucial insight into the meanings of security. The Uyghurs, as […]

East Turkistan, the Forgotten Country

  Author: Çağdaş Duman Source: Research Gate There exist the Pamir Mountains and Karakum Desert in the south and the Altay Mountains in the north of East Turkistan constituting the east area of Turkistan which means the land where Turkish live. East Turkistan had been founded in the Middle Asia and become the centre of […]

Between Resistance and Adaptation: the Place of the Uyghur Language in the Sinicised Zone of Urumchi

Research Between resistance and adaptation: The place of the Uyghur language in the sinicised zone of Urumchi Author: Giulia Cabras Source: China Perspectives Abstract: The urban areas of Xinjiang have recently experienced major changes in their demographic, urban, ethnic, and linguistic landscapes. Urumchi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, is a typical example […]

Uyghur and Chinese Relations since 1949 (video)

Video Uyghur and Chinese Relations since 1949 Speaker: James Millward, Georgetown University Professor James Millward, Georgetown University discusses Uyghur and Han relations in Xinjiang since the foundation of the People’s Republic of China. Lost Nation: Stories from the Uyghur Diaspora   A documentary film produced for Forced Migration Online, Oxford University. Uyghurs formerly from East […]

China’s Xinjiang to Build “Great Wall” to Protect Border: Governor

News from the Region China’s Xinjiang to build “Great Wall” to protect border: governor Source: Reuters BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang will build a “Great Wall” around its borders to prevent the infiltration of militants from outside the country, state media reported on Tuesday citing the regional governor. Hundreds of […]

Life Inside China’s Total Surveillance State (video)

Source: Wall Street Journal China has turned the northwestern region of Xinjiang into a vast experiment in domestic surveillance. WSJ investigated what life is like in a place where one’s every move can be monitored with cutting-edge technology.

Eastern Turkistan Folklore: Uyghur Music and Dance Archive Recordings (video)

A collection of music and dance performances from East Turkistan / Xinjiang, China recorded in the 1980s.