Darren Byler received his Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington in 2018. His research focuses on Uighur dispossession, culture work, and securitization in the city of Urumchi, the capital of Xinjiang. He has published research articles in Contemporary Islam, Central Asian Survey, and the Journal of Chinese Contemporary Art, and has contributed essays to volumes on ethnography of Islam in China, transnational Chinese cinema, and travel and representation. He also writes and curates the digital humanities art and politics repository The Art of Life in Chinese Central Asia.

Last Updated: October 24, 2018



China’s Government Has Ordered a Million Citizens to Occupy Uighur Homes. Here’s What They Think They’re Doing.

Darren Byler
The village children spotted the outsiders quickly. They heard their attempted greetings in the local language, saw the gleaming Chinese flags and round face of Mao Zedong pinned to their chests, and knew just how to respond. “I love China,” the...