The Twitter Left—the only Left that matters, really—is often woefully uninformed on the research that more hardline elements among them work assiduously to discredit. This is an ongoing effort to summarize and translate major documents, reports, and other resources that establish a fairly clear picture of what I have come to believe qualifies as cultural genocide against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
This is a work in progress, and some of the context for these documents might be missing if you're unfamiliar with what's going on, though I've tried my best to fill in details as I understand them wherever possible. Feel free to DM me on Twitter with any questions/corrections!
Part I: Background preliminary evidence
This section focuses on background to and the early stages of current policy in Xinjiang (up to 2017), and a critical analysis of the research paper published by Zenz in 2018 that significantly increased focus on the crisis.
Part II: Primary evidence—testimony, leaked documents, satellite imagery, and more
▫️ ICIJ China Cables
▫️ Satellite imagery: what it does and does not prove
Part III: Answering objections—denialist documents, common arguments, and PRC media depictions
▫️ Testimony from Xinjiang: who do we believe, and why?
▫️ Most Muslim countries support China anyways
▫️ Chinese media and independent sources show that these camps are humane
▫️ This is an attempt to smear China by the West through compliant think tanks
▫️ The satellite imagery is imperfect, easily manipulated, and unreliable
▫️ The scale is nowhere near what's claimed by Western sources
▫️ Miscellaneous objections thrown around on Twitter
Part IV: So what?
▫️Islamophobia, the War on Terror, and Chinese parallels
▫️“Genocide” and Xinjiang—what is the appropriate term for the crisis?
▫️What can other countries do, if anything?
Other things you can take a look at:
- The Xinjiang Documentation Project at the University of British Columbia, particularly its compendium of primary accounts. It also has Mandarin translations of selected articles.
- The Xinjiang Victims Database, particularly its transcribed and translated compendium of testimony and other other primary documents.
- If you're looking for a mega-bibliography, this Google Doc is great, but some of the resources presuppose a familiarity with the region/PRC/Mandarin to varying degrees.