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Negotiating Inseparability in ChinaThe Xinjiang Class and the Dynamics of Uyghur Identity$
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Timothy Grose

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528097

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528097.001.0001

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Asserting Uyghur Identity from China’s “Central Plains”

Asserting Uyghur Identity from China’s “Central Plains”

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Negotiating Inseparability in China

Timothy Grose

Hong Kong University Press

The second chapter assesses the effectiveness of the program in meeting its political goals and argues that Uyghur Xinjiang Class graduates embrace an ethno-national identity in contradistinction to a corporate Chinese identity. This identity, expressed through renewed efforts to practice Islam, the insistence on speaking Uyghur, and the reluctance to befriend Han Chinese classmates, persists after the Xinjiang Class. Paradoxically, these assertions of “Uyghurness” would not be possible if these students did not already embrace a state-defined “Chinese” identity.

Keywords:   Uyghur, Islam, language, ethnicity

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