China

Urumqi People's Park. Photograph by Asian Development Bank

Harmony in the Snow

By / December 2015

Ruth Ingram on a park in Urumqi: “Nobody looks twice at the backwards walkers banging their backs against the trees. Nobody stares at the people standing for long periods on one leg.”

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Photograph by Ruth Ingram

In Xinjiang, a Battle Over Bread

By / December 2015

“Fears of encroachment by Han Chinese in Xinjiang,” writes Ruth Ingram, “have produced a conflict of interests where food is a key battleground.”

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Su Nan Chu. Photograph by Debbie Porter

‘Art Should Have No Meaning’

By / October 2015

Debbie Porter writes about the architect Su Nan Chu’s efforts to turn Xining, a city of two million in western China, into an oasis of contemporary art.

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Photograph by Ruth Ingram

The Big One

By / October 2015

A dispatch from Kurban, the most important event on the Uyghur calendar: “Boys receive gifts of plastic kalashnikovs and bullets, a way to take pot shots at Chinese who stray into their Uyghur domain. I try to stay out of the line of fire. ”

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Photograph by mediaoverflow on Flickr Creative Commons

Postcard from Kowloon

By / September 2015

Near midnight one night this summer, I walked through the Ladies Market in Hong Kong’s Kowloon district. I say I walked. I hardly moved. Nobody did. The market, even at that late hour, was a crush of people.

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Kazakh boy with baby camel

Watch Another World Go By

By / August 2015

In the foothills outside of booming downtown Urumqi, in Northwest China, a much beleaguered Kazakh village clings to the old ways.

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