Impertinent Question, 2

What’s Chinese for cultural destruction?

Over the next few years, [Kashgar] city officials say, they will demolish at least 85 percent of [the city’s Old Town, a] warren of picturesque, if run-down homes and shops. Many of its 13,000 families, Muslims from a Turkic ethnic group called the Uighurs (pronounced WEE-gurs), will be moved.

6 thoughts on “Impertinent Question, 2

  1. A sad state of affairs, but predictable given China’s desire to impose Han cultural hegemony on the ethnic minorities under its control. The earthquake risk provides a nice excuse to do the inexcusable.

  2. Though sad, urban architecture traditionally is never considered part of culture by the Chinese. Chinese cities have been built, burnt, rebuilt many times over. If the entire imperial city wall of Beijing could be torn down to make way for a new road, ppl would think what’s the big deal w/ a slum in Kashgar?

    And condensation from someone living among modern comforts does nothing to help preserve heritage. But then, perhaps this has never been the intention.

  3. Since when was anyone interested in Central Asia? That’s right, since it became a pawn in the geopolitical energy caravans…….

  4. I’m not a fan of the chinese government, but:
    1)If the earthquake concerns are valid, then it would seem to me that not doing anything would leave the chinese government open to more serious critisism such that “you did nothing to prevent a zillion deaths and you knew that the buildings were not quake-resistant while the region is earthquake-prone”. So damned if they do and damned if they don’t
    2) If the info on islamic militants is correct,
    then one can hardly critisize applying an ounce of prevention instead of a pound of (ineffective) cure, as the west has been doing
    by blindly accepting islamic populations.

  5. As someone who first visited Kashgar in the early 1980’s and most recently in 2000, the changes over time clearly illustrate that the true aims of the Chinese government have always been to swamp/obliterate the local cultures with Chinese and Chinese culture.

    Already In 2000, most of the city center had been re-built and re-peopled with imported ethnic Chinese as they seek to assert their control over their extended empire. Unfortunately, the Chinese actions have enabled islamic terrorism to gain a foothold in the region.

    Sadly, given how much of the old town had already been destroyed over the last 30 years, the destruction of the remainder was inevitable – though the “earthquake issue” as provided the excuse to speed up the timetable.

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