China Ethnically Cleanses Its Uighur Culture
  • Thu, 03/28/2019 - 20:10

The Wall Street Journal

March 27, 2019 6:37 p.m. ET

Regarding “China Razes Territory, Dismantling a Culture” (page one, March 21): The Chinese government has long understood the power of the physical landscape. In his excellent book, “Chinese Shadows,” Sinologist Pierre Ryckmans (writing under the pseudonym Simon Leys), describes how Mao Zedong sought to destroy China’s own “old” culture by making things disappear: temples, monuments, walls and entire streets once filled with lively markets. After “Chinese Shadows” was published, Chinese authorities eventually learned the true identity of Simon Leys and denied him further entrance to the country.

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