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When in Urumqi: the subtle feeling of social anxiety

I arrived in Urumqi, the capital of the Uyghur autonomous region of Xinjiang, on the 10th right after lunch. The four-hour flight from Beijing was pleasant, despite being completely packed with people, and reaching my hotel from the airport was a piece of cake: one hour and a half by bus, for the modest price of one yuan (around 0.2 Euro). 487 more words


China Is Creating A DNA Database Straight Out Of Science Fiction

In the name of safeguarding its 1.4 billion people, China has been collecting biometric information from millions of people whom it deems potential threats—among them, Uyghurs, migrant workers, and college students—as part of national DNA database.

Read Here – Defense One


China moves to expand DNA testing in Muslim region

AP | Published — Tuesday 16 May 2017

Uighurs rest near a food stall in Kashgar, Xinjiang province in this Aug. 6, 2008 file photo. (AP) 468 more words


Uighur Sufi Shrines: A Visit Raises Questions

What is religion? What is culture? Where do they intersect? Can they be disentangled? Just a few of the questions turned up by an unusual visit I made to an isolated destination in Central Asia three years ago this month. 1,161 more words


Walking through northern Xinjiang, China (part 2)


(continued from part 1) I arrived in Black Lake by horse, this was my home for the night, in a traditional yurt with a small group of Chinese tourists and some local Kazahks including a horseman called Hu-An, who sang and danced a little bit for us during dinner (I had prepared my own food of plain dried fruits, nuts and cereal bar). 823 more words


Walking through northern Xinjiang, China (part 1)


It has been a long time since I wrote my last post (almost two years ago) and I have been wanting to write about one of my last trips that made a deep impression and marking about cultural preservation and freedom. 969 more words