The Impact of Environmental Pollution on Ethnic Unrest in Xinjiang: A Uyghur Perspective

Baranovitch, N. (2018). The Impact of Environmental Pollution on Ethnic Unrest in Xinjiang: A Uyghur Perspective. Modern China, 0097700418819090. Link Abstract Since the early 1990s, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has been one of the most restive areas in China, and in recent years, following the July 2009 Urumchi riots, it has experienced frequent incidents of... Continue Reading →

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Genocide in East Turkistan

A report by the Uyghur Research Institute, 2019: Link The Uyghur Research Institute is a think tank based in Ankara, Turkey that deals primarily in Uyghur issues. This report delves into the legal definitions of genocide and whether the current Uyghur situation can be described as such.

A Nearly Perfect Storm: The Rise and Fall of the Eastern Turkistan People’s Revolutionary Party 

Evans, M. P. (2017). A Nearly Perfect Storm: The Rise and Fall of the Eastern Turkistan People's Revolutionary Party (Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University). Link Abstract In the summer of 1969, China and the Soviet Union teetered at the brink of war. Looking to exploit a perceived vulnerability, Soviets used the language of national liberation to encourage minority peoples along... Continue Reading →

Language, Education and Uyghur Identity in Urban Xinjiang

Edited by Joanne Smith Finley and Xiaowei Zang Summary  This book explores the relationship between language, education and identity among the urban Uyghurs of contemporary Xinjiang. Primordialism, a concept put forward by early anthropologists, refers to the tendency of human beings to attribute power to certain shared givens, such as perceived origins, language, territory or... Continue Reading →

Beyond resistance and nationalism: local history and the case of Afaq Khoja

Thum, R. (2012). Beyond resistance and nationalism: local history and the case of Afaq Khoja. Central Asian Survey, 31(3), 293–310. doi:10.1080/02634937.2012.722366. Link Abstract Kashgar’s seventeenth-century ruler-saint, Afaq Khoja, is remarkable for the amount of historical writing he has inspired, both outside and within Chinese Turkestan. His reputation among Uyghur historians is one of the few... Continue Reading →

From Domestic to International: The Politics of Ethnic Identity in Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia

Han, E. (2011). From domestic to international: the politics of ethnic identity in Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia. Nationalities Papers, 39(6), 941-962. Link Abstract This paper examines two contrasting cases of ethnic-group political activism in China – the Uighurs in Xinjiang and the Mongols in Inner Mongolia – to explain the former’s political activism and the latter’s lack... Continue Reading →

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