The July 5 Xinjiang riot has passed over a month and the majority of Chinese netizens are still blaming the West and Rebiya Kadeer for promoting Xinjiang separatist movements. Nevertheless, there are some whispering voices popping up here and there in the Chinese Internet, like this one sentence comment at the BBS of people.com , which suggested that the unrest in Urumqi was a result of long term oppression:
The Han's ethnic discrimination towards Uyghurs has been a source of conflict in China long before the July unrest. Searching from the online discussions on Tianya forum, there are many stories about Han's prejudice against Uyghurs. Here is one of the stories:
People's press also has similar experience back in 2006:
Apart from all the everyday life conflicts, many are frustrated by Hans people's misunderstandings and prejudices. Looking at cloud and water flow, yelled out loud on Tianya forum that he is a Xinjiang people to express his anger on such prejudices,
Even the government wants to adjust policy for preserving Uyghur's language and culture, many Han Chinese refuse to support. A recent example is the Central government's plan to invest double amount of funding (USD 121 million) on bilingual kindergartens education in Xinjiang. Again, there are many complaints on such kind of policy favoritism:
Liar without draft was angry about the policy:
Ahh, Uighur thieves. I wouldn’t believe the stereotype either if not for that fact that it happened twice to me and my family while visiting Shanghai.
If you google Uighur thieves you will plenty of people complaining about this issue. Some people even wrote books on this topic:
I see plenty of Uighurs complain about this dubious reputation, but most of them actually think it’s justified to steal from hans. With this kind of mentality no wonder why there are so many Uighur thieves around.
The strange thing is, if you talk to older Chinese people they will tell you it was not always like that. It was only recently that Uighurs began to gain reputation as petty thieves.
There are prejudices everywhere. In China you get white expats looking down at asians, rich asians looking down at poor asians, poor asians looking down at blacks, etc. Sadly, these perceptions don’t change overnight. If Uighurs want to change their perception among the hans maybe they should teach their kids that stealing from Hans is just as bad as stealing from fellow Uighurs.
Fred, thanks for the comments and book sharing.
It is a bit rash to jump to this conclusion
with a few comments on the internet from a small
portion of a country with such a huge population.
I’m not saying you are trolling with this provocative topic for a flash of attention.Indeed , there are many occassions you may see in which couple of han chinese squatting down despising ethnic minority with hearsay stories, just like how people in other countries do to chinese. Prejudice and discrimination stem from ignorance and misunderstanding, and also from the quot of chinese comments you did and plenty of stories and comments i chanced upon in the internet , I’ve noticed that han chinese recognize the fact that prejudice and discrimination do exist but i think you fail to provide the possible reason causing this situation,such as how does the ethnic policy has been contributing to this mess, rather you start to pass the buck to ordinary chinese people, which i believe is prejudice out of ignorance.
congrad my comrade you got your 50 cents.
Yes, it is interesting and valuable to examine how the han chinese form their perceptions and does the ethnic policy really matters for that. There are also many discussions on the following link.
Thanks for the comments!
congrad, you can go back to your master waggingthe tail and beggingfor a splash of juicy luscious apple with this china-bashing mentality in your head
I Lived in China for a year and a half, both in the Eastern and in the Southwern regions. I befriended a number of Xinjiang people. They are generous, happy and funloving, and they make the best homemade noodles. I was shocked by the prejudice that Han Chinese have toward them. I would say that the vast majority view them as thieves. One time on a city bus in Kunming, the bus driver announced that a Xinjiang woman had gotten on the bus so that others could protect their valueables. On another occasion in Suzhou when my motorcycle was stolen, 12 of my Chinese colleagues argued with me adamantly about how it was definately a Xinjiang person who took it. Xinjiang people apparently committed all the crime in town.
From first hand experience, the prejudice against Xinjiang people in China is rediculous.
With their pitchforks, metal pipes and nail studded wooden planks,did you catch some of the quotes of the han Chinese in xinjian running into the uighur neighborhoods?
“We outnumber those uighurs…we can get them all…”
Well – with 1.2 billion, they outnumber about everyone. Hmmmm…food for thought.
People are so quick to pin people of European descent as racist…using them as scapegoats. Meanwhile, Chinese people are the most racist in the entire world. Enough Said.