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    • April 2016
    • 9780231169981
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Ethnic Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang

Unrest in China's West

Edited by Ben Hillman and Gray Tuttle

Despite more than a decade of rapid economic development, rising living standards, and large-scale improvements in infrastructure and services, China's western borderlands are awash in a wave of ethnic unrest not seen since the 1950s. Through on-the-ground interviews and firsthand observations, the international experts in this volume create an invaluable record of the conflicts and protests as they have unfolded—the most extensive chronicle of events to date. The authors examine the factors driving the unrest in Tibet and Xinjiang and the political strategies used to suppress them. They also explain why certain areas have seen higher concentrations of ethnic-based violence than others.

Essential reading for anyone struggling to understand the origins of unrest in contemporary Tibet and Xinjiang, this volume considers the role of propaganda and education as generators and sources of conflict. It links interethnic strife to economic growth and connects environmental degradation to increased instability. It captures the subtle difference between violence in urban Xinjiang and conflict in rural Tibet, with detailed portraits of everyday individuals caught among the pressures of politics, history, personal interest, and global movements with local resonance.

About the Author

Ben Hillman is senior lecturer in comparative politics at the Crawford School of Public Policy and fellow at the Research School of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. He has published widely on Chinese politics and ethnic politics in Asia. He has also worked as an adviser to the United Nations on postconflict governance and the incorporation of minority groups in political processes.

Gray Tuttle is the Leila Hadley Luce Associate Professor of Modern Tibet in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University and serves on the executive committee of Columbia's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. His Columbia University Press books include The Tibetan History Reader (2013), Sources of Tibetan Tradition (2012), and Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China (2005).

"Ethnic unrest in Tibet and among the Uyghurs in Xinjiang is very much in the news and is a subject of great academic and public interest. It is hard to research because the Chinese government limits access to these areas. Nonetheless, these resourceful and courageous scholars have managed to access these regions, find out what is troubling the ethnic minority residents there, and assess how deep the trouble is." — Andrew J. Nathan, coauthor of China?s Search for Security

"Ethnic Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang is a terrific book. Ten experts take a balanced and clear-eyed view of the conditions and politics behind the recent wave of ethnic unrest in China. It should be required reading for those who would understand the interlocking causes of conflict, including decision makers in Beijing." — June Teufel Dreyer, author of China's Political System

"These studies of contemporary China's relations with the Tibetans and the Uyghurs offer insights on a wide variety of issues, including the Chinese state's policies toward Buddhism and Islam, the causes of conflicts between China and these so-called minority nationalities, the government's economic policies and the ensuing environmental effects, and the possible economic synergies between Chinese and Tibetan and Uyghur entrepreneurs. The authors differ in their opinions about the future, with some providing negative predictions while others are more optimistic, but each furnishes informed analyses." — Morris Rossabi, author of The Mongols and The Mongols and Global History

"These essays provide detailed study of ethnopolitics in contemporary China based on solid fieldwork and scholarly analysis of regional peculiarities and standardizing policies." — Tsering Shakya, coauthor of The Struggle for Tibet

About the Author

Ben Hillman is senior lecturer in comparative politics at the Crawford School of Public Policy and fellow at the Research School of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. He has published widely on Chinese politics and ethnic politics in Asia. He has also worked as an adviser to the United Nations on postconflict governance and the incorporation of minority groups in political processes.

Gray Tuttle is the Leila Hadley Luce Associate Professor of Modern Tibet in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University and serves on the executive committee of Columbia's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. His Columbia University Press books include The Tibetan History Reader (2013), Sources of Tibetan Tradition (2012), and Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China (2005).

Introduction: Understanding the Current Wave of Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang, by Ben Hillman
1. Unrest in Tibet and the Limits of Regional Autonomy, by Ben Hillman
2. Propaganda in the Public Square: Communicating State Directives on Religion and Ethnicity to Uyghurs and Tibetans in Western China, by Antonio Terrone
3. Discussing Rights and Human Rights in Tibet, by Françoise Robin
4. The Chinese Education System as a Source of Conflict in Tibetan Areas, by Clémence Henry
5. Lucrative Chaos: Interethnic Conflict as a Function of the Economic "Normalization" of Southern Xinjiang, by Thomas Cliff
6. Environmental Issues and Conflict in Tibet, by Yonten Nyima and Emily T. Yeh
7. Fringe Existence: Uyghur Entrepreneurs and Ethnic Relations in Urban Xinjiang, by Tyler Harlan
8. Prosperity, Identity, Intra-Tibetan Violence, and Harmony in Southeast Tibet: The Case of Gyalthang, by Eric Mortensen
9. Interethnic Conflict in the PRC: Xinjiang and Tibet as Exceptions?, by James Leibold
Contributors
Index

About the Author

Ben Hillman is senior lecturer in comparative politics at the Crawford School of Public Policy and fellow at the Research School of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. He has published widely on Chinese politics and ethnic politics in Asia. He has also worked as an adviser to the United Nations on postconflict governance and the incorporation of minority groups in political processes.

Gray Tuttle is the Leila Hadley Luce Associate Professor of Modern Tibet in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University and serves on the executive committee of Columbia's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. His Columbia University Press books include The Tibetan History Reader (2013), Sources of Tibetan Tradition (2012), and Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China (2005).

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About the Author

Ben Hillman is senior lecturer in comparative politics at the Crawford School of Public Policy and fellow at the Research School of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. He has published widely on Chinese politics and ethnic politics in Asia. He has also worked as an adviser to the United Nations on postconflict governance and the incorporation of minority groups in political processes.

Gray Tuttle is the Leila Hadley Luce Associate Professor of Modern Tibet in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University and serves on the executive committee of Columbia's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. His Columbia University Press books include The Tibetan History Reader (2013), Sources of Tibetan Tradition (2012), and Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China (2005).

About the Author

Ben Hillman is senior lecturer in comparative politics at the Crawford School of Public Policy and fellow at the Research School of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. He has published widely on Chinese politics and ethnic politics in Asia. He has also worked as an adviser to the United Nations on postconflict governance and the incorporation of minority groups in political processes.

Gray Tuttle is the Leila Hadley Luce Associate Professor of Modern Tibet in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University and serves on the executive committee of Columbia's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. His Columbia University Press books include The Tibetan History Reader (2013), Sources of Tibetan Tradition (2012), and Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China (2005).

About the Author

Ben Hillman is senior lecturer in comparative politics at the Crawford School of Public Policy and fellow at the Research School of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. He has published widely on Chinese politics and ethnic politics in Asia. He has also worked as an adviser to the United Nations on postconflict governance and the incorporation of minority groups in political processes.

Gray Tuttle is the Leila Hadley Luce Associate Professor of Modern Tibet in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University and serves on the executive committee of Columbia's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. His Columbia University Press books include The Tibetan History Reader (2013), Sources of Tibetan Tradition (2012), and Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China (2005).