BOOK REVIEW: COMMUNITY AND MEMORY Jocelyn Chey – TAASA Review December 2009


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dictionary when living in Baghdad, but his 50,000 households in high-rise apartments in tomb is in his hometown, Kashgar. new suburbs. Kashgar, Oasis on China’s Old Silk Road John Gollings (photography), George Michell, Marika Vicziany and Tsui Yen Hu (introduction).

Frances Lincoln, London 2008. Kashgar, on the southern edge of the Taklamakan Desert in far west China, has been in the news this year because of widespread conflicts between Han Chinese and local Uighur citizens.

The demolition of Kashgar’s Old City and its impact on Uighur cultural identity and way of life, well documented in this book, are certainly among the causes of recent violence. Kashgar was a Silk Road junction where travellers met before or after hazardous mountain crossings to Persia and India...