Uighur transnationalism in contemporary Australia: exile, sanctuary, community and future

Hayes, Anna (2012) Uighur transnationalism in contemporary Australia: exile, sanctuary, community and future. In: Cultures in refuge: seeking sanctuary in modern Australia. Studies in Migration and Diaspora. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, United Kingdom, pp. 179-193. ISBN 978-140943475-7


Since leaving their homeland, transnational sentiment among the Uighur community in exile has increased. Like Hess's (2009) findings on the Tibetan diaspora community, since Chinese annexation of East Turkistan in 1949, the Uighur diaspora has developed a diaspora consciousness. This consciousness binds exiled Uighurs to one another and to their former homeland. More recently, technological and telecommunications advancements, combined with increasing exiled Uighur communities in countries in the Global North, has led to an intensification in the enacted diaspora politics by Uighur exiles. Their political activism is centred on two main objectives. Firstly, they hope to raise awareness of human rights abuses that are occurring within the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR or Xinjiang). These abuses are primarily centred around Chinese Communist Party (CCP) crackdowns on Uighur demonstrations and separatist activities but they also include the day-to-day inequalities that are widespread in Xinjiang's somewhat divided society. Secondly, they hope to mobilise greater international attention and support for, at the very least, greater self-determination within China as a real autonomous region, or at best, East Turkistani independence.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Anna Hayes and Robert Mason 2012. Published Version cannot be made available, due to publisher's copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2013 03:33
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2016 02:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: Uighur, Xinjiang, diaspora, exile politics, transnational sentiment
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160303 Migration
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22860

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