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Extremely interesting. Al Queda has been sending recruiting agents into this very unpleasant looking place.
What a great bunch of pics...
Great pictures. Thanks. I see some bread that looks like bagels.
posted on 09/30/2005 7:39:01 AM PDT
(Air America: Robbing the poor to feed the Left)
I was in Xinjiang as a solo traveller in 1990. I dislike the Islamic world intensely, but by and large found the Uighurs to be a very decent set of people.
The Chinese settlers in Xinjiang, OTOH, treated the Uighurs horribly. The Chinese don't belong out there, any more than they belong in Tibet, and if they would leave the Uighurs alone, the Muslim extremists would have very little to recruit.
posted on 09/30/2005 7:48:47 AM PDT
Super photos!!!! I'm ready to go.
posted on 09/30/2005 9:22:39 AM PDT
I simply would not want to mess with any of the scruffy guys with the tall black hats. They look like they could more than hold their own.
Yes, Great Pics!
In our 15 years of experience inside China, we had students and many friends from Xinjiang Province. The influence of the Han Chinese (the majority in China) is obviously very effective in the western region. The students we had who were from Xinjiang were ALL actually more proficient in Mandarin (dialect) than many Beijingren (people from Beijing) among our students. The purest Mandarin is spoken between Beijing and Harbin City (Heilongjiang Province). Our students who came from Xinjiang also seemed to be the most adept in history.
But we never remember our students who were from Xinjiang Province speak anything about the Muslim population or about Islam at all. We know that Xinjiang Anhui (north-central China) is an autonomous region and has a very high population of Muslims. We were often warned not to travel there as "the Muslims there are very treacherous."
Wonderful pictures. I hope the Chinese people themselves try to reach out to the Uighurs and ease the political reality of being part of China.
It seems to me that the problem of what to do with all those Han whose creation Mao encouraged is becoming more and more important. Their encroachment into Siberia
and their migration into Tibet and apparently Xinjiang appear to all be manifestations of this. Sort of a slow-motion conquest that presumably won't be tolerated by those at the receiving end forever.
posted on 10/04/2005 11:40:55 AM PDT
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