Parallel violent responses after Boston-Kashgar incidents
I'm surprised not many folks have drawn the parallels between the alleged assault on a Muslim cabdriver in Northern Virginia and the Han-Uyghur student altercation in Beijing. After the April 29 incident, the Chinese government was quick to compare the Boston Marathon bombing and the violence in Selibuya township, Kashgar prefecture (in the context of American double standards of declaring the Boston incident a terrorist attack while withholding such a label for the Kashgar clash).
The Washington Post reports on the Northern Virginia incident:
An Army reservist and Iraq veteran who works as a cabdriver says a passenger he picked up early Friday at a Northern Virginia country club accused him of being a terrorist because he is Muslim, then fractured his jaw in an attack being described by Islamic activists as a hate crime.
A Uyghur student at the Beijing-based Central University for Nationalities has been seriously assaulted by his Han Chinese roommates, sparking protests and an order by university authorities for the two ethnic groups to be housed separately in a bid to ease tensions, according to a student.
So what are the similarities? Both occurred some distance from the seminal event, the victim was presumed to be a vicarious representative of the minority, and it happened between locals not directly affected by the terrorist attack. I'm not positing a hypothesis or a comparative study between the two, but merely noting that Chinese and American societies are not so categorically different when it comes to attitudes of discrimination against minorities at the personal/local level (to be clear: strictly applying this to local, non-state actors).
The legal prosecution afterward, however, seems to be taking different directions. Read the articles to see what I mean.