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For most people who want to study in China, moving and living in Xinjiang is not one of the first things that comes to mind. Why is that? For one, it’s a place that is associated with a number of stereotypes, including stereotypes people have about China as well as prejudice directed toward Xinjiang, which can even […]Read More ▸
When it comes to Xinjiang street food, I’m a huge fan. I know that it takes a bit of courage to eat unknown foods but, for the most part, it’s absolutely worth it. In the past, I’ve written about my favorite Xinjiang foods but today I’d like to share my absolute favorite dish from Karamay, […]Read More ▸
In July of 2016, I was connected to Han Bin, a senior producer who was planning to film a CCTV documentary series on the Xinjiang region. He was going to create 18 mini-documentaries on various stories and characters to help paint a picture of Xinjiang that he felt was missing from the state-run broadcaster. For some reason he […]Read More ▸
Hundreds, if not thousands of foreigners have made appearances on CCTV, China’s state television network. It may not be a big deal for somebody who lives in Beijing, but for me – this being my first time ever to do live international television… …it was a pretty big deal. In July of this year, I […]Read More ▸
The ancient city of Kuqa (a.k.a. “Kuche” or 库车) is one of those historically significant and yet often-overlooked places to visit in China’s far western region of Xinjiang. When it comes to traveling in Xinjiang, places like Kashgar, Turpan and Yili often hog the spotlight. However, there are many other smaller cities and villages worth visiting if you […]Read More ▸