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How companies profit from forced labor in Xinjiang

Factories of Turkic Muslim internment, part of China’s reeducation camp system, are subsidized and directed by the state, and employ…

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Uyghur love in a time of interethnic marriage

Since 2018, there has been a notable rise in articles promoting marriage between Han men and Uyghur women.  At a…

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Requiem for the ‘Living Dead’: Ten years after 7-5

July 5, 2009, is a date that forever changed the course of Xinjiang history. The lives of Uyghurs in China…

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A memorial to Uyghur civil rights and the legacy of Tiananmen

Pictured: The Uyghur student activist Örkesh, better known in English-language media as Wu’er Kaixi, raises his arms with fellow protesters…

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‘Truth hidden in the dark’: Chinese international student responses to Xinjiang

Pictured: Students line up for a public presentation on the mass internment of Uyghurs with Rushan Abbas and Darren Byler…

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Uyghurs don’t need to be saved. Their stories need to be mainstreamed

Poets — and the musicians who perform their lyrics — are at the forefront of Uyghur culture. If they were…

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‘The night is thick’: Uyghur poets respond to the disappearance of their relatives

The painting “Second Nature” by the contemporary Uyghur artist Nijat Hushur, above, reflects the feelings of loneliness and separation he…

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The future of Uyghur cultural — and halal — life in the Year of the Pig

Top: Uyghur children dressed in Han cultural clothing celebrating the year of the pig in Hotan in 2019   Up until 2018,…

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The ‘patriotism’ of not speaking Uyghur

Urumqi No. 1 Primary school, 2018: Uyghur script “disappeared.” Photo by Joanne Smith Finley Uyghur “patriotism” now requires the active…

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‘As if you’ve spent your whole life in prison’: Starving and subdued in Xinjiang detention centers

When Chinese state authorities prepared to release Gulbahar Jelil, an ethnic Uyghur woman born and raised in Kazakhstan, they told her…

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