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Xinjiang’s Most Popular Song [Video]: Oynasun

September 26, 2011 | 20 Comments

If you’ve spent any amount of time in Xinjiang, chances are you’ve heard this song more times than you can count. It is, in my opinion, the most popular song in Xinjiang.

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The Tree That Bleeds: A Book Review

September 6, 2011 | 5 Comments

In February of 1997, a deadly protest known as the “Ghulja Incident” shook the core of a small city in China’s western province of Xinjiang. Depending on who you ask, this incident has been described as a peaceful demonstration, an act of terrorism, or a massacre. To this day, the truth behind these mysterious events remains largely unknown.

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Xinjiang “Cat Army” Declares War on Rats

August 22, 2011 | 12 Comments

The city of Bole, a small town in western Xinjiang only 20 miles from the Kazakhstan border, has found a new use for all their stray cats. Watch out if you’re a rat!

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Xinjiang Shoe Repair: Pic of the Week

August 18, 2011 | 2 Comments

In 2009 photographer Aphra Pia visited China to travel along the fabled Silk Road.

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Your Ketchup Probably Came from Xinjiang

August 16, 2011 | 5 Comments

Next time you squeeze that little packet of ketchup onto your greasy french fry for lunch, think of Xinjiang. There’s a high probability that the tomato used to produce that ketchup came from China’s largest, western province.

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