Highlight Arts

March 10, 2015 § 4 Comments

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There’s an extract from my forthcoming book China’s Forgotten People on the Highlight Arts blog – you should spend some time on their site to learn about the diverse and important work they do.

The Edge of the Bazaar, A Documentary About Uyghur Rural Life

March 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on the art of life in chinese central asia:

One of the emerging trends among young Uyghur film directors is a new attention to documentary filmmaking. This approach has long been a part of Uyghur cinema, but previously it was often part of a larger public relations presentation sponsored by the Chinese Culture Ministry. These new documentary short films are independently produced on limited budgets by young filmmakers who have an intimate knowledge of their subjects.

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Reading on Culture Laser

December 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

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My novel isn’t out until August next year, but I thought I’d start the book tour early…. You can hear an excerpt from it on the Culture Laser podcast. It starts at around 10m 11 secs in….

‘Utterly Vile’

September 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

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My verdict on the verdict for Ilham Tohti is on the Dissent blog.

Previous piece on Tohti here

Inherent Vice film trailer

September 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

Yep, and it seems just right.

Why are Uyghurs so Good at English?

September 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Another really insightful piece from this excellent blog.

Originally posted on the art of life in chinese central asia:

Ever since Kasim Abdurehim, the founder of the private English school Atlan, took third place in the national English speaking contest in 2004, Uyghurs have found their way into the final rounds of almost every major English speaking competition in the nation. This year was no exception. The main difference is that now Uyghurs are learning how to be confident in their English ability at a younger age. It is because of people like Kasim and dozens of other award winning role models that kids like 14 year-old Tughluk Tursunjan feel confident on a national stage. Although Uyghurs represent less than one percent of China’s population, they still consistently beat Han contestants from the best schools in the country.

Tughluk, who was this year’s winner of the Junior High School division of the “Outlook of Hope” contest on CCTV was taught by an English instructor named Nemo

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Islamic State piece on Vice News

September 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Iraqi sources claim to have caught a Chinese citizen fighting for the Islamic State militant group.

My piece on China’s recent claims that fighters from Xinjiang are training with IS is up at Vice News.

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