Title

Uyghur digital diaspora in Kyrgyzstan

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Diaspora Studies

Publication Date

1-1-2016

Volume

9

Issue

1

First Page

53

Last Page

63

Publisher

Taylor and Francis Ltd.

Keywords

Central Asia diasporic identity, Uyghur digital diaspora

Abstract

‘The Uyghur problem’ occurred as a result of the combination of various degrees of complexities throughout history of the Uyghur people. Historical events and dispersion became a turning point in the formation of the Uyghur diaspora. However, not all Uyghur communities could express their diasporic identity publicly in daily discourse. The solution they found to express their diasporic identity became cyber space, communities on the Internet that were specifically opened for ethnic reinforcement, cultural expression, political activism and communication with other Uyghurs. This is what was lacking in their real lives particularly for Uyghurs in Kyrgyzstan. This paper suggests that digital diaspora is a result of unavailability of offline resources and spaces for communication of their cultural and political identities. This paper presents a digital ethnographic research on the use of a Russian social network ‘Odnoklassniki.ru’ (www.odnoklassniki.ru) to communicate their cultural, political and religious identities, and how these practices contribute to the imaginative development, cohesion and enforcement of diasporic identity.

DOI

10.1080/09739572.2015.1088614

Language

English

Print ISSN

09739572

E-ISSN

09763457

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2015 Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives, New Delhi. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

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Recommended Citation

Marat, A. (2016). Uyghur digital diaspora in Kyrgyzstan. Diaspora Studies, 9(1), 53-63. doi: 10.1080/09739572.2015.1088614

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