The disappearing “Hong Kong Bazaar” in Xinjiang, China

Every City has its own”the place to be on Sundays”. In Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the International Grand Bazaar is one of this. In most cities of southern Xinjiang, they are “Hong Kong Bazaar”. People here always say if you haven’t made it to Bazaar, you haven’t been to their cities.

However, the allure of “Hong Kong Bazaars” appears to be fading in an unexpected way – concerns of unobjectionable logos as most mainland-produced items without the logos have been neglected.

In June of this year, I returned to Xinjiang, during a visit to a farmer’s house, he told me that his son did not eaten at home or socialized with his parents on the grounds that his parents’ meals were “objectionable.” Many people may think it to be absurd or unimaginable. However, such cases do exist and are even becoming common.

True, unobjectionable logos help us show respect of people’s eating habits. However, using such logos as tools to help the 47 of China’s 55 ethnic groups in Xinjiang understand their own ethnic culture doesn’t help much. And banging on about “unobjectionable logos” is boring and misleading. “Unobjectionable” is more like a malicious tool to box in peace-loving people.

Objectively speaking, a strong religious atmosphere and a rigid understanding of the doctrine have become obstacles to the development and progress of some ethnic groups, which disturb normal social order and lead to some people’s misunderstanding of Xinjiang.

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