lørdag 20. februar 2021

‘Push Corporations to be More Transparent About Sourcing’: Investigative Reporter on Xinjiang

Amelia Pang is an award-winning investigative journalist of mixed Chinese and Uyghur descent who was born and raised in the U.S. Although her maternal grandmother was raised according to Uyghur traditions in the capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), her mother learned little of her Uyghur heritage or language due to forced assimilation policies that promoted Mandarin Chinese education and the study of majority Han Chinese culture. 

Pang said it was only after becoming aware of rights abuses in the XUAR—where authorities are believed to have held up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in a network of internment camps since 2017—that she made an effort to educate herself about her ancestral language and culture.

As part of her investigation into the situation in the XUAR, which Washington last month officially designated as a form of genocide, Pang learned that amid increasing international scrutiny, authorities in the region have begun to send detainees to work at factories as part of an effort to label internment camps “vocational centers,” although those held in the facilities regularly toil under forced or coerced labor conditions. Her research into the issue led to a book, entitled “Made In China: A Prisoner, An SOS Letter, And The Hidden Cost Of America's Cheap Goods,” in which Pang details how many of the products we use on a daily basis were likely made by enslaved Uyghur workers.