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A Crazy Idea That Would Literally Reshape Xinjiang, China

February 24 | 4 Comments

I read news last week about a recent proposal to push the US state of California to divide into 6 different states. It intrigued me for a few different reasons, not the least of which has to do with my current home here in Xinjiang, China.

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Cost of Living: Xinjiang 2013 – Infographic

November 20 | 10 Comments

How much does it cost to live in Xinjiang, China in 2013? As you’ll see in this infographic, it’s not nearly as much as Shanghai.

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A View of “Sinkiang” in 1943 from Life Magazine

April 18 | 9 Comments

Last week a good friend and fellow Xinjiang-enthusiast loaned me a copy of Life magazine dated December 13, 1943. I get excited about these type of things (it’s weird, I know) and even after a quick glance I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed.

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A Hiker’s Guide to Xinjiang, China

April 25 | 21 Comments

For those who love hiking, camping and everything having to do with the “great outdoors”, there is no better place than Xinjiang, China.

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Xinjiang Suffers from “Minority Complex”

September 29 | 12 Comments

Some people might call it an “inferiority complex”, but when you’re dealing with the sensitive ethnic issues that Xinjiang faces, it’s best to call it what it really is. Xinjiang suffer from a “minority complex”.

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The Tree That Bleeds Book Review

September 6 | 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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The Horse that Leaps Through Clouds Book Review

June 28 | 4 Comments

Two Finnish travelers. Two epic journeys. One, same-old China. The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds is a beautiful account of China’s past, present and future. By Eric Enno Tamm.

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Why a Uyghur Journalist Was Sentenced 15 Years

July 28 | 22 Comments

On July 23rd, 2010, a Uyghur journalist, activist and blogger named Gheyret Niyaz was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Mainstream media has focused its stories on the harsh sentence handed down by the Chinese court, but what exactly was he accused of doing?

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Eurasian Crossroads Review | Xinjiang History

July 26 | 22 Comments

There are quite a number of people, especially those with political agendas, who claim an intimate understanding of the region’s history, but very few would be qualified to compile it into a book. Thankfully the author of Eurasian Crossroads is not only qualified, he also brings to the table a very objective and apolitical view of Xinjiang.

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Gobi March 2010 | The Story of the Race Across Xinjiang’s Desert

July 19 | 6 Comments

For those who are sweating out the summer even with the air conditioning on full-blast, imagine yourself running 250 kilometers across one of the hottest deserts in the world right now…voluntarily.

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