He dreamed about it, wrote about it. He rolled it around in the palm of his hand. Working through the “dark night of overtime” in January 2014, the 23-year-old Xu Lizhi imagined himself like a misplaced screw, “plunging vertically, lightly clinking,” lost to the factory floor. “It won’t attract anyone’s attention,” he wrote. “Just like the last time/ On a night like this/ When someone plunged to the ground.”
Uyghurs face ban on Muslim names for children as China celebrates Xinjiang’s 60th anniversary
Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei’s work can be socially incendiary, at least in the eyes of the Chinese government. Back in 2011, that was more than enough to get Ai arrested, detained and indefinitely barred from leaving Beijing.
“Actually China doesn’t need the Uyghur people,” Isa stated. “They just need our resources. Uranium and gold all get exported to inner China. Never have the Uyghur people benefited, only the benefits for the Chinese. They don’t need the Uyghurs, they need our territory.”