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

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Hayes, Anna. 2012. "Uighur transnationalism in contemporary Australia: exile, sanctuary, community and future." Hayes, Anna and Mason, Robert (ed.) Cultures in refuge: seeking sanctuary in modern Australia. Farnham, United Kingdom. Ashgate Publishing Limited. pp. 179-193
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Uighur transnationalism in contemporary Australia: exile, sanctuary, community and future

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID1202
Book TitleCultures in refuge: seeking sanctuary in modern Australia
Authors
AuthorHayes, Anna
EditorsHayes, Anna and Mason, Robert
Page Range179-193
SeriesStudies in Migration and Diaspora
Chapter Number12
Number of Pages15
Year2012
PublisherAshgate Publishing Limited
Place of PublicationFarnham, United Kingdom
ISBN9781409434757
Web Address (URL)http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409434757
Abstract

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.

KeywordsUighur, Xinjiang, diaspora, exile politics, transnational sentiment
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440303. Migration
441013. Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
440807. Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific
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© Anna Hayes and Robert Mason 2012. Published Version cannot be made available, due to publisher's copyright policy.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Humanities and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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