(新疆, officially the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region). The “autonomous” region of China whose largest ethnic group is Uyghurs, with another 7% of Ethnic Kazakhs, and Islam as the majority religion. The World Uyghur Congress and other Uyghur organizations do not accept the name Xinjiang, which means “New Frontier” or “New Borderland” and was imposed by Imperial China in 1884, after it conquered or rather reconquered the region, that it had already occupied between 1760 and 1860. Uyghurs prefer the name “East Turkestan,” which was also used by two ephemeral independent states, known as the First (1933) and the Second (1944–49) East Turkestan Republics. In order to avoid the choice between “Xinjiang” and “East Turkestan,” both problematic designations, American scholar Rian Thum suggested to adopt the ancient name of the region, Altishahr (“Six Cities”), which is however rarely used outside of scholarly circles.
Remembering December 1996 and the Repression of Tai Ji Men in Taiwan
A peaceful protest march and a Webinar focus on an old injustice that has not ended.
“Raising Goblins”: A Bizarre Accusation Against Asian Spiritual Minorities
In 1997, a prosecutor accused a respected Taiwanese spiritual master of practicing black magic. Although ridiculous, the accusation was part of an historical and old tradition of discrimination.
China Tries to Disrupt Tibetan Parliamentary Elections
Tibetans abroad vote to elect the members of the Central Tibetan Administration. The CCP mobilizes its spies, and asks friendly governments to harass voters.
No Justice for Coptic Grandmother Stripped Naked and Paraded in the Streets
Soad Thabet was “punished” in Egypt in 2016 for an alleged affair her son had with a Muslim woman. Now, her torturers have been found not guilty.