Much has been much written about the exploitation and cultural repression of the Uyghur population in China’s far-west province of Xinjiang but, says TOM CLIFF, far less attention has been paid to the Han settlers. Settlement in the urban areas of Southern Xinjiang has recently been made easier in an attempt to encourage Han immigration. …
Dr Tom Cliff is a postdoctoral fellow, College of Asia and the Pacific, at the Australian National University, and the runner-up in the ASAA’s 2014 Thesis Prize. His book, 'Oil and Water, Examining the Experience of Han Migrants and Their Offspring in Contemporary Xinjiang' is due out in April 2016.
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