I was in Urumqi just before the current Uighurs riot. In fact, as soon as I left, the Uighurs took their brave hearts to the street. Wish I were still there when it happened. Even with my former students in East Turkistan, they could not have enough intelligence to alert me for staying longer. Such was my poor luck.
With over 2 million population in Urumqi, I could hardly spot any Uighurs in town except few, cleaning toilets (if there is any) and streets. I wanted to interview them about human rights issues. Yet, everywhere is Han Chinese, overpowering the entire political, economical, legal, military life in East Turkistan.
Thus, I decided to have "foot massage" to see if I could bump into Uighurs working. I did not have overwhelming courage for regular massage, but foot massage was good choice. Certainly, I would find some Uighurs I like to meet.
Well, well, no single soul from the Uighurs in the massage parlor. I
discovered myself wrong as massage is a rather lucrative profession in developng as well as developed country. The Uighurs are almost outcast in Han's society. How could they be there? All the young men and women in the parlor were from mountains in Shu-Chuan in the far away south. The girl served me was so young that one would almost consider her teenager. Her name was Yin-Yin. I paid the front desk RMB98.00 (about US$14.00) for masssage for an hour and half. Actual time was only about an hour though.
I asked Yin-Yin how much she got from the RMB98.00 I paid.
"RMB10.00 (about US$1.40)," said she, delightfully.
"Where do you live?"
"Share a little, crowded room provided by the boss with many girls working here."
"Do you have to pay for room?"
"Yes, we need to pay for room and board (meals)."
Imagine that the person who actually does the labor and service receives only one tenth of the pay from customer, minus room and board. I can see that the Chinese Communists are more capitalist than their long time counterparts in the West.
One more thing: I noticed there were no others giving tip except me. My tip of RMB10.00 was "very generous to Yin-Yin," I was told.
Hundreds of young Uighurs have been executed by Chinese regime without justice. This information was from my former graduate students and colleagues in East Turkistan "under the table." No wonder the Uighurs fight against the foreigners, Chinese, on their territory. Shalom!Susie S. Hsieh, LL.B., Ph.D.
Professor of International law
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Genocide in East Turkistan (新疆): Where do Uighurs all go?
This is a report written by Dr. Susie Hsieh about her trip to Urumqi. Dr. Hsieh is a professor of International law.
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