As I think I might have mentioned in the real life thread a while back, I applied to go on a trip to China in January with my law school, and it turns out I'm going. It'll basically be a couple of weeks' intensive course on the Chinese legal system and then about a week focussed more specifically on human rights law. I'm sure Xinjiang will come up in that context and I'm very keen to get some perspectives from local experts.
Anyway, the rest of the podcast is really interesting, it ranges from the history of the area and the issues that have arisen over the last couple of decades, with a lot of insight from the guest Carl Zha, who seems really well plugged into online discussions among both Uyghur and Han Chinese in Xinjiang and greater China, and seems very level headed about sorting the reality from both Western and Chinese media messaging. Overall it was a great starting point for me since I was really needing something like this to get deeper into the issue from a (relatively) unbiased perspective and start to get a picture of the reality of the situation there and how things got where they are now. Highly recommend picking up a copy from the secret mp3 forum if you haven't already.
Also thanks to this I've learned that Carl Zha cohosts his own podcast which looks interesting too. Their recent Uyghur-focused episode is free (haven't listened yet but will report back when I do). Hopefully a full un-paywalled archive falls into our hands at some point.
Could anyone sum up the gist of this article for me? Would be much appreciated
Quick and dirty translation tells me this is about the "relatives" system in Xianjing, which I guess pairs Han and Uighur families together for social and cultural events, and related national unity/ national integration efforts. I will work on a more refined translation when I have some time.
this is the official chinese take on it, though despite it people on twitter are still saying you're a dupe if you believe the camps exist at all...
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-10/16/c_137535821.htmthis is the official chinese take on it, though despite it people on twitter are still saying you're a dupe if you believe the camps exist at all...
thanks, that was a creepy thing to read
Framing mass internment that is part of counter-insurgency tactics as "vocational training" is pretty creepy. The conditions are probably better than US prisons and there might be a real threat of terrorism, but people shouldn't be sheepish in criticizing the predictably repressive policies of a revisionist state like China. The guy saying that hundreds of police officers have been killed was surprising, I wonder if that's exaggerated at all.
I wonder if the "mass internment" is exaggerated at all. Wait, we already know it is
This is not a matter of sheepishness but first of all, fact finding. No investigation etc
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then i searched it in baidu translate and the 5th example sentence was notable
thank you this has been an independent open source bellingcat investigation funded in part by the broadcasting board of governors and the atlantic council
I really don't see a good reason for not taking these sorts of official statements at face value until and unless evidence arises to the contrary
Well the official statements from the chinese state up to like a month or two ago were that the camps did not exist at all. so that’s probably a good reason to not take them at face value. western sources are lying when they say millions are being imprisoned, but like carl zha says in that thread, hundreds of thousands is still mass internment.
A Week In Xinjiang’s Absolute Surveillance State
As it points out, the blanket surveillance and ubiquitous police presence is the Chinese solution for Islamist violence in the region, and on that account is clearly a success, whether or not it is tasteful. I still think the extent of forced re-education is unclear (i.e. how many are and have been through it), but more important is the matter of outcomes (bith individual and societal), and of potential alternatives to the entire Chinese security apparatus in Xinjiang. Are there any (hypothetically at least)? If so, do they trade individual freedoms for effectiveness?
id describe the racial harassment side as a bit more than "not tasteful",
forgive me, i should have pressed you on this point the first time you raised it, but i am unclear about the racism/chauvinism involved in the security project in xinjiang (i know you said this was discussed on RWN but i can't recall the details). does it go beyond education in mandarin language and han culture? i'm not trying to suggest there's nothing problematic about that, just want to nail down the details here.
their talk of development and lifting the region out of poverty seems more sincere than the talk of their western neoliberal counterparts (theyve been sinking money into infrastructure like the LanXin rail, which serves no other purpose than to connect xinjiang to the rest of china), but the education camps and police state stuff being put in terms of "vocational training" and "enhance their understanding of Chinese (read:Han) history" was a bit creepy. the west is clearly mad in the ass because it does seem to be an effective way to prevent them from fueling local separatist and islamist movements as leverage against china except on the diplomatic level, but at the same time this "integration" work seems to be heavy-handed to an unjustifiable degree...
not sure if this is really that heavy handed considering that the usual result of festering extremist clericalism in the past 30-40 years has resulted in Groznys and Aleppos as the solution; reeducation is a nice change of pace imo, certainly better than letting it fester and become an insurrection that has to be put down, which of course will also be characterized as "heavy handed".
The recent ramping up of the police state was preceded by a similar move in the 1990s. There were small attempts at seperatism back then too:
When Bush was looking for diplomatic support for the Iraq war, he actually had Uyghur seperatists labelled terrorists.
The religious aspects have always been there, but the pan-Turkic and anti-Han senitments seem to be equally prominent.
There seems to be plenty written on the topic in English, but its largly stuff published by places set up, previously funded or currently funded by the State Department. "Center for Studying Oriental Despotism and Promoting Democracy Amongst the Celestials" and the like
This particular report is interesting, since one could read it from the perspective of possible U.S promotion of extremism in Xinjiang: http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a523195.pdf
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Maybe these bureaucrats need to be put in prison until they stop sucking Confucius dick how about that.
Putting people in prison to educate them in Han culture definitely racist, an affront to multicultural socialist modernity, and also just dumb as hell, giving justification to separatist ideology.
I mean, for starters, define "prison". Can't believe three of you goofy motherfuckers upvoted this, especially in light of the next post