Asian Correspondent, "Divides deepen as China allows anti-Uyghur sentiment to fester"

Kendrick Kuo, an academic at John Hopkins University who has written about Xinjiang issues for foreignaffairs.com and other publications, says the Han and Uyghur people are both guilty of harboring deep discrimination.

“Racism between Han Chinese and Uyghurs plays a role in day-to-day interactions, with segregated neighborhoods in urban areas,” he says, adding that there are alarming concerns being raised by both sides. “The Chinese government claims that these incidents are the result of jihadist influences… Uyghurs also fear that their culture is under attack from the large Han immigrant presence, restrictions on religious practices, and the need to learn Mandarin Chinese to compete in the job market.”

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