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“We are Not Terrorists!”

Samuel Martínez

in International Migration and Human Rights

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780520258211
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942578 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520258211.003.0011
“We are Not Terrorists!”

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The research for this chapter began with the question of how U.S. policies implemented in the wake of September 11, 2001, were affecting the policy of other states, for example China. It shows how 9/11 has both altered conditions for international migration and also served as a pretext for governments to pursue preexisting agendas toward its immigrant and minority populations with increased force. It discusses the situation of Uighurs in Xinjiang and how Chinese state policies are affecting Uighur migration from Xinjiang. Subsequently, it shows how state policies, increased migration, and the development of a transnationally linked activist community of Uighurs may foment Uighur nationalist ambitions. It also refers to Tibetan cases for comparison throughout. The burgeoning transnational campaign highlights the situation of Uighurs in China and its relationship with the now decades-old struggle for international attention for the Tibetan cause.

Keywords: Uighurs; Tibetans; U.S. policies; international migration; minority populations; Xinjiang

Chapter.  6275 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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