2020-12-05 07:00:34

China once celebrated its diversity. How has it come to embrace ethnic nationalism? | David Tobin

My friend Aynür’s life tells the story of how Uighurs have been purposefully dehumanised by the party-stateDuring my first year living in Ürümchi, the capital of Xinjiang, I met Aynür (not her real name). It was 2007, and she described life in China as difficult but improving for Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking predominantly Muslim people. Aynür spoke both Uighur and Mandarin, and was proud of being “in-between cultures”. She described herself as a bridge between the Han majority, who make up about 90% of China’s population and the Uighurs, Xinjiang’s ethnic majority.Aynür invited m