Ethnography of a Surveillance State

Uyghur man in China’s Xinjiang province. Photo courtesy Carolyn Drake.
Uyghur man in China’s Xinjiang province. Photo courtesy Carolyn Drake.

University of Washington anthropology student Darren Byler chronicles artistic culture in Northwest China amid a massive security crackdown.

"In the last three months, University of Washington anthropology student Darren Byler has spoken about his research to AI developers at Google, business leaders at the Washington State China Relations Council, and journalists at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Beijing. Each group has sought his help in understanding the situation of the Uyghur people in China’s far-northwest Xinjiang province."

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