Modified 25-Jun-12
Created 20-Jun-12
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Many Uygur people live in concentrated communities in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Most Uyghur are Muslim. The Uygur people work mainly with agriculture, though many are talented in making handicrafts for commercial purposes. Uygur people are renowned for their abilities in processing gold, gem, silk and leather goods. A color cap is a popular accessory among the Uygur people, and also a signification of beauty.

A long history of hostility between the Uyghur people and the ruling Han Chinese has –and still is- troubling Xinjiang. The Uyghur identity remains fragmented, as some support a Pan-Islamic vision, others support a Pan-Turkic vision and a third group would like a "Uyghurstan" state. As a result, no Uyghur speaks for all Uyghurs, although he might claim so. Uyghurs in each of these camps have committed violence against other Uyghurs who they think are too assimilated to Chinese society or not religious enough.
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Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:China
Keywords:China, Uighur, Uyghur, ethic, minority, people, portrait