Database Entry: Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang
Forced Assimilation Destruction of the Family Promotion of interethnic marriage

Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang

April 05, 2021
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Members of Sabit’s residential committee constantly interfered with her life—trying to mold her into the state’s idea of a good citizen. They urged her to take a Han husband. There was money in it for her, they said; in an attempt to alter the ethnic balance of Xinjiang, the state had launched an aggressive campaign to encourage indigenous women to marry Han men. When Sabit demurred, the officials told her that Muslim men were chauvinists—adding, with a laugh, “Han husbands dote on their wives!”