Under the Heel of the Dragon Islam Racism Crime and the

The Turkic Muslims known as the Uighur have long faced social and economic disadvantages in China because of their minority status Under the Heel of the Dragon Islam Racism Crime and the Uighur in China offers a unique insight into current conflicts resulting from the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and the Chinese government’s oppression of religious minorities issues that have heightened the degree of polarization between the Uighur and the dominant Chinese ethnic group the HanAuthor Blaine Kaltman’s study is based on in depth interviews that he conducted in Chinese without the aid of an interpreter or the knowledge of the Chinese government These riveting conversations expose the thoughts of a wide socioeconomic spectrum of Han and Uighur revealing their mutual prejudices The Uighur believe that the Han discriminate against them in almost every aspect of their lives and this perception of racism motivates Uighur prejudice against the HanKaltman reports that criminal activity by Uighur is directed against their perceived oppressors the Han Chinese Uighur also resist Han authority by flouting the laws—such as tax and licensing regulations or prohibitions on the use or sale of hashish—that they consider to be imposed on them by an alien regime Under the Heel of the Dragon offers a unique insight into a misunderstood world and a detailed explanation of the cultural perceptions that drive these misconceptions


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  1. More than four years before the deadly riots in Urumqi an American named Blaine Kaltman working on his PhD thesis traveled all over China interviewing Uyghur and Han alike to find out the answer to one simple question are you guys ever going to get along?In 2007 still two years before the mass protests his thesis was revised and published by Ohio University Press as ‘Under the Heel of the Dragon’ an in depth look at the mutual prejudice that continues to grip the Xinjiang region of ChinaAlthough this book is a scholarly work not intended for the casual reader it provides an opportunity for those interested to get a behind the scenes look at the attitudes and underlying problems that led up to the 2009 riots The conclusions didn’t come as a shock to me and won’t to anybody else familiar with the situation in Xinjiang but many of the opinions expressed in the interviews are unexpected and noteworthyRead the rest of the review on FarWestChinacom