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Uyghur music research articles abstracts (2)

'Invitation to a Mourning Ceremony': Perspectives on the Uyghur Internet

          Authors: Harris, Rachel; Isa, Aziz

          Source: Inner Asia, Volume 13, Number 1, 2011 , pp. 27-49(23) Publisher: BRILL

Published by Inner Asia Studies of Cambridge University.


This paper offers a historically located and sociopolitical reading of the Uyghur internet, focusing on Uyghur language sites which were legally operating within China and active in the run-up to the July 2009 protests. Whilst Chinese media argued that ?hostile external forces' were using the internet as a tool to stir dissent, we suggest that the unprecedented ban reflected broader state concerns about the internet's ability to facilitate the creation of community and potential to serve as a tool of mobilisation. We translate and contextualise a selection of material downloaded from Uyghur sites shortly before the internet was shut down. These messages, images and sounds provide considerable insight into the thoughts and feelings of the protestors. We argue that this internet-based discourse has much in common with earlier, pre-digital home-grown nationalist movements, and that its emphasis on mourning is representative of a more widespread sense of self within Uyghur popular culture: one which equates national identity with grief and loss.


Document Type: Research article DOI: 10.1163/000000011797372832 Publication date: 2011-09-01.

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Wang Luobin: ´Folk Song King of the Northwest or Song Thief?

          Rachel Harris   School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Copyright, Representation, and Chinese Folk Songs - Harris 31 (3): 381 - Modern China


This article discusses the controversy surrounding the feted twentieth-century Chinese composer and folk song collector Wang Luobin. Wang’s relationship with the peoples and music of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region illuminates several aspects of Han-minority relations, in particular the consumption of Otherness and the contesting of identities. The controversy also illuminates problems surrounding the transformation of traditional or folk music intoa tangible commodity: problems of ownership and authenticity, in particular legal issues of copyright (who has the right to profit) and more emotive issues of moral authority (who has the right to represent). These issues have recently come to the fore in China as it undergoes its uneasy transformation into a socialist market economy, and they have special ramifications because of the state’s extensive and ongoing manipulation of folk music for political ends.

Key Words: minority nationalities • Uyghur • Xinjiang • music • appropriation • representation

Source: Modern China Journal   


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