Before I headed inland to Xinjiang I spent about a month in Eastern China. I didn’t have a lot of film so I shot sparingly and without much clear direction.
A crowd of 3,000 listened to the Dalai Lama’s message “Build world peace by building your own inner peace” at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. Wrapped in his one-shouldered maroon and saffron robes, the Dalai Lama spoke for more than an hour.
The Uighurs of Xinjiang are one of 55 minorities in China, but they are ethnically and historically closer to the Muslim Turkic groups of Central Asia. The Chinese government is trying to cement its hold on the resource rich Xinjiang by suppressing cultural and religious differences in schools and workplaces and by resettling millions of [...]
Upon returning to the US I kept in contact with a couple of Uighur friends in Xinjiang over IM and occasionally Skype. When the rioting ocured a few months ago I expected the internet to be cut off for a few days, maybe a week. But for the past 15 weeks I haven’t heard from [...]
Thanks to Ed I get to see the pictures that I took over the past six months. There is nothing final about these pictures, they are just the ones that stood out to me on a first pass. To most people they will look random and captionless but they give me jitters and bring back [...]
I was supposed to write this last night as I waited for the olympic torch to arrive in XinJiang’s capital of Urumqi. The city was shut down for and everyone was told to stay in their homes and watch the event on TV. There was a note on our hotel door saying that we would [...]
Taken in northern Xinjiang, amongst a family that became my friends.
Thanks to the best courier in the world I now have a little Ricoh digital camera to work with beside the M6. Here are a few pictures from my first week of getting acquainted with my new baby. It starts with the Mao’s portrait hanging over Tienanmen square and ends with a much larger statue [...]
First, I’m sure you’ve heard about the tragedy in Sichuan Province. When it happened my mother and I were safe in Beijing, though we had train tickets the next day for Cheng Du near the epicenter. Though the government has everything under control this tragedy has started with cries for unity not cries for change. [...]