Mengxing Chen Tommy


Chinese Muslim on Silk Road is a project aimed at discovering the current situation of the Uyghur community living in China. In 2009 a series of violent riots and attacks took place which created significant ethnic tension between the Uyghur and Han Chinese ethnic groups occupying the area. This tension built an invisible wall between the two groups in the Xinjiang region of China as well as being felt throughout other parts of the country. Although people studied the Uyghur language from easily digestible and friendly descriptions in textbooks, most Han Chinese do not truly understand their culture. Uyghur citizens are confronted by higher levels of security within public space, institutions and transport. The division between the two cultures is clear in Urumqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, with the two ethnic groups inhabiting the northern and southern regions of the area. This project reveals the social atmosphere of these two cultures and raises ideas in how to avoid ethnic tension and the potential for future violence.




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