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Kashgar’s Old Town Bulldozed; Is Uyghur Culture in Danger?

May 19 | 9 Comments

Within the narrow alleyways of this Old Town lie thousands of years of Kashgar’s history.  Aged wooden doors and cobblestone paths have witnessed the passage of innumerable donkey carts, small Uyghur children and, in recent times, many foreign tourists. On the outside, these mud-brick walls seem at peace with their place in history but just […]

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Romantic Chinese Wedding Vows

May 11 | No Comments

Last weekend my wife and I attended another Chinese wedding of a co-worker who was getting married to a local fireman.  It was a beautiful wedding held in a hotel banquet hall and we were happy to attend.  Everything progressed in the same manner as most every modern Chinese wedding we have seen, except for […]

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A Xinjiang Oil Worker: Personal Portraits

April 29 | No Comments

“You can sit down on the floor” Sam said to me, pointing to the mass-market carpet that took up almost the entire living room. We had just finished dinner and I had been wandering around this humble 5th floor apartment enjoying the cool breeze gently pushing through the windows. Two bedrooms, an office, a bathroom the size of a coat closet, a kitchen and a living room made up the small but cozy…

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English by Wang Gang: A Book Review

April 6 | No Comments

First published in 2004, Wang Gang’s English has become an unexpected bestseller in China and has won numerous awards including the 2005 “Best Novel of the Year” from the prestigious People’s Literature Publishing House. Almost five years later, with rights to the novel sold around the world…

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New Kashgar Dress-Code Requires “All-Chinese” Look

February 23 | 2 Comments

A new dress code restricts the growth of a Uyghur beard for all government workers in Kashgar, a Silk Road town in China’s largest province of China.  The people it affects the most are the Uyghurs, and the question everybody is asking is: Is this fair? I used to work at a summer sports camp […]

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