China Assimilates Muslim Uyghurs, Forcing them to Sing Children’s Songs in English
China’s Muslim minorities have faced increased pressure to assimilate to Han Chinese culture, and self-suppress their religious and ethnic practices. In particular, the largest group, the Uyghurs of China’s northwest Xinjiang province, have faced the biggest crackdown in years. Estimates say that in the last year, as many as one-million Uyghurs have been arrested and put into Chinese re-education camps. One government tactic is to force Uyghur children and adults to sing in English children’s songs like, “If You’re Happy, And You Know it”. To discuss, we’re joined by Dru Gladney, professor of anthropology at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He’s author of the book, Ethnic Identity in China: The Making of a Muslim Minority Nationality.