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 [...]
Taken in northern Xinjiang, amongst a family that became my friends.