November 28th, 2018 – Since 2017, up to a million Turkic Muslim people have been interned in Xinjiang, China in a growing gulag of “re-education” camps explicitly intended to re-fashion their identity. Other Muslims in China and abroad, too, have been subjected to intensifying PRC state suspicion and pressure. This talk lays out the evidence behind our knowledge of these camps and considers the historical and policy background to this radical assimilative turn in the policies of the Chinese Communist Party.
Dr. James Millward, Professor of Inter-Societal History at Georgetown University, spoke at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in coordination with ACMCU on China’s Muslim targeted internment camps and the policies behind them.
Dr. James Millward is a Professor of Inter-societal history in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and the History Department at Georgetown. He is the author of two books on Xinjiang: Beyond the Pass and Eurasian Crossroads as well as The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction. His writing about China, Xinjiang and the Uyghurs also appears in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other media.