June Cheng

June is the East Asia correspondent for WORLD Magazine. Follow June on Twitter @JuneCheng_World.

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A cultural genocide before our eyes

China | The Uighur diaspora is speaking out as family members disappear into reeducation camps in Xinjiang, but will the world listen?
by June Cheng
Posted 7/02/20, 06:47 pm

The last time Akida Pulat saw her mother, renowned Uighur anthropologist Rahile Dawut, was in 2016. Dawut had come as a visiting scholar to the University of Washington, where Pulat was studying for her master’s degree. She remembers her mother spending hours cooking Uighur polo, a traditional dish of rice mixed with carrots and topped with lamb, for her newly made Chinese and American friends. When Pulat said goodbye to her mother at the airport, she promised she’d go back home to Ürümqi to visit the next year.

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Hong Kong braces for new reality under Beijing’s tighter control

Hong Kong | Protests fill the streets a day after China enacts a sweeping security law
by June Cheng
Posted 7/01/20, 03:06 pm

Hundreds of Catholics and Protestants filled Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district Wednesday for an annual prayer meeting. It was the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China, which residents usually mark with large protests. 

This year, attendees had another weight on their minds: the sweeping national security law that went into effect the night before. “Everyone has a sword over his or her head,” the event organizer said in his opening prayer.

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Delayed sanctions for China’s Uighur atrocities

Persecution | After three years of mixed signals, the U.S. government finally moves to hold China responsible for its human rights abuses against Uighurs
by June Cheng
Posted 6/26/20, 12:06 pm

Since 2017, the Chinese government has been enacting a cultural genocide of the Uighur people and other Muslim ethnic minorities in the western region of Xinjiang. Officials have thrown between 1 and 3 million Uighurs into re-education camps, created a high-tech surveillance state, used Uighurs for forced labor in factories around the country, and razed mosques and Uighur cemeteries. 

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