Turkestan Lovesongs, ‘New Flamenco’ and the Emergence of the ‘World Citizen’ in Urban Xinjiang

By Jo Smith Finley: Link Abstract In this paper, I explore how geo-political territory (Xinjiang, tr. ‘New Dominion’), identity (regional, national, global) and cultural ownership are represented and contested through lyrical texts, musical styles and instrumentation in popular song, as well as through visual texts in pop music videos and new media (e.g. YouTube). I examine... Continue Reading →


Uyghur Folklore

By Nathan Light. Published in The Greenwood encyclopedia of world folklore and folklife, William M. Clements, ed. Westport, Conn. Greenwood Press, 2006. Vol. 2, pp. 335-348. The published version has different photos. Link Introduction The Uyghurs of Central Eurasia have a diverse and complex history that is reflected in their many genres and styles of... Continue Reading →

The New Battleground: Song-and-dance in China’s Muslim borderlands

Harris, Rachel (2017) 'The New Battleground: Song-and-dance in China’s Muslim borderlands.' World of Music, 6 (2). pp. 35-56. Link Abstract In a speech at China’s National People’s Congress in March 2014, the deputy chair of the China Dancer’s Association, Dilnar Abdulla, complained that ‘religious extremists’ in the Muslim region of Xinjiang were ‘campaigning for the commoners not... Continue Reading →

‘Making the oil fragrant’: dealings with the supernatural among the Uyghurs in Xinjiang

Bellér-Hann, I. (2001). 'Making the oil fragrant': dealings with the supernatural among the Uyghurs in Xinjiang. Asian Ethnicity, 2(1), 9-23. Link doi Excerpt from introduction: Anyone interested in Xinjiang today must take account of the long-term cultural continuities which manifest themselves in many areas of life beneath the practices and institutions of the modern social formation. In this... Continue Reading →

Community Cultural Wealth: Uyghurs, Social Networks, and Education

Clothey, R. A. (2016). Community cultural wealth: Uyghurs, social networks, and education. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, 10(3), 127-140. Link Abstract This article employs Yosso’s framework of ‘community cultural wealth’ to explore the ways in which educated Uyghurs, one of China’s 56 officially recognized ethnic groups, build on social networks like family and friends to improve their... Continue Reading →

Uyghurs on Chinese Social Networking Sites: The Creation and Destruction of Ethnic Youth Culture

Light, N. (2015). Uyghurs on Chinese Social Networking Sites: The Creation and Destruction of Ethnic Youth Culture. Central Asian Affairs, 2(3), 264-286. Link PDF   Abstract The Chinese social networking website Fenbei.com was started in 2003 by a young Chinese software engineer. By 2006 it provided an important online community for tens of thousands of Uyghurs, who developed... Continue Reading →

‘Making Culture Matter’: Symbolic, Spatial and Social Boundaries between Uyghurs and Han Chinese

Smith, J. N. (2002). 'Making culture matter': Symbolic, spatial and social boundaries between Uyghurs and Han Chinese. Asian Ethnicity, 3(2), 153-174. [Link] [PDF] Another paper by Joanne Smith about Uyghur culture/identity in the 90's. Abstract: This article illustrates how Uyghurs in the 1990s defined and reinforced contemporary Uyghur national identity in relation to Xinjiang's growing... Continue Reading →

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