China’s Forgotten People
New, revised edition now out from Bloomsbury/IB Tauris.
Featured in The New York Times, The Spectator, The Times Literary Supplement, Asian Affairs, Literary Review, Open Democracy, and the South China Morning Post.
After isolated terrorist incidents in 2015, the Chinese leadership has cracked down hard on Xinjiang and its Uyghurs. Today, there are thought to be up to a million Muslims held in ‘re-education camps’ in the Xinjiang region of North-West China. One of the few Western commentators to have lived in the region, journalist Nick Holdstock travels into the heart of the province and reveals the Uyghur story as one of repression, hardship and helplessness. China’s Forgotten People explains why repression of the Muslim population is on the rise in the world’s most powerful one-party state. This updated and revised edition reveals the background to the largest known concentration camp network in the modern world, and reflects on what this means for the way we think about China.
Jonathan Mirsky’s review of the first edition from Literary Review can be read here in 2 parts: LR CFP 1 and LR CFP 2
There’s another review at Asian Review of Books and one by Kerry Brown at Open Democracy
Tom Miller’s review from The Spectator
July 2018 Chinese edition – reviewed here