Wild West China: The Taming of Xinjiang
Closed to the world for half a century, like a black hole in the Asian landmass, the wilderness of Xinjiang in northwest China is returning to the light. The picture it presents is both fascinating and disturbing.
The Chinese regard the far west as a barbarian land. Only in the 1760s did they subdue it, and even then their rule was repeatedly broken. Compared with the Russians' conquest of Siberia, or the Americans' trek west, China's colonization of Xinjiang has been late and difficult. The Communists have done most to develop it, as a penal colony, as a buffer against invasion, and as a supplier of raw materials and living space for an overpopulated country. But what China sees as its property, the Uighurs regard as theft by an alien occupier. Tension has led to violence and savage reprisals.
This portrait of Xinjiang should be essential reading for travelers and for anyone interested in today's China and the fate of minority peoples.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - xuebi - LibraryThing
A truly fascinating portrayal of China's hinterlands in the far west and the Uyghur people, whose history and culture is at risk from ever-encroaching Han Chinese dominance in the region. Tyler not ... Read full review