Category: Kazakhstan Uyghurs

The Thirty Boys (Ottuz Oghul Meshrep) Full Film

The Thirty Boys (Ottuz Oghul Meshrep) Full Film. Produced by Uyghur Meshrep Project. The Thirty Boys (Ottuz Oghul Meshrep) 2022. An ethnographic film, directed by Mukaddas Mijit. Uyghurs in Kazakhstan occupy an uneasy space, one eye towards the growing ethnic nationalism of their host country, one eye towards China’s ongoing policies of securitisation, incarceration and

Establishing a new meshrep in an Almaty suburb, 4 July 2022

Meshrep gatherings are widely viewed by Uyghurs in Kazakhstan as tools for community building and education. As Qurban Oktyabir, a long-standing meshrep member based in Almaty, explains: We meet together in order to create solidarity among our people. People get to know each other through meshrep; they learn right from wrong, they how to act

The Thirty Boys: Uyghur Meshrep trailer

The Thirty Boys / Ottuz Oghul. 2022  A film by Mukaddas Mijit Uyghur communities in Kazakhstan occupy an uneasy space, one eye towards the growing ethnic nationalism of their host country, one eye towards China’s ongoing policies of securitisation, incarceration and cultural erasure in their homeland. This film documents the attempts made by Uyghurs in

A Bahar Chay (Spring Tea) in Gheyret Suburb, Almaty, 2019

by Rachel Harris Alongside the meshrep revival in Kazakhstan, a less well-known women’s chay revival has flourished. It has focused on the same goals of education, cultural revival, social cohesion and mobilisation, and often works in tandem with men’s initiatives at local level. Like meshrep, chay gatherings (essentially tea parties) assume complex ritual and social meanings

The Yerkent Meshrep

Rachel HarrisAugust 2020, Kazakhstan The town of Zharkent, or Yerkent in the Uyghur pronunciation, lies in southeast Kazakhstan, near the Chinese border crossing and trading centre of Khorgas. It is an important centre for Uyghurs, many of whom arrived from the neighbouring Ghulja region of the Uyghur homeland (Xinjiang) in the late 1950s. The Yerkent

Gheyret Youth Meshrep

Rachel Harris August 2020, Kazakhstan Kayrat, or Gheyret in the Uyghur pronunciation, is a small town in southeast Kazakhstan, which lies an hour’s drive east from Almaty. The town is 80% Uyghur, but it is home to many different ethnicities: Kazakhs, Russians, Turks, Azarbaijans and Germans, though many left after independence, even a few remaining