China's Uighur people are Turkic Muslims from Central Asia, and the Chinese government has a long history of discriminating against them. Uighur separatists have been calling for an independent state since the 1940s. Since 9/11, a rise of Islamic fundamentalism among China's Uighurs has resulted in further religious repression. On today's Underreported
, Blaine Kaltman
, a sociologist and author of Under the Heel of the Dragon: Islam, Racism, Crime, and the Uighur in China
; and Sharon Hom
, Executive Director of Human Rights in China
, join us to talk about the conflicts and mutual suspicion between the Uighurs and China's government.
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