Silk Road

Hauling New Treasure Along the Silk Road

At The New York Times, Keith Bradsher describes the revival of an ancient trade route: Azamat Kulyenov, a 26-year-old train driver, slid the black-knobbed throttle forward, and the 1,800-ton express freight train, nearly a...

China’s Female Imams

At China File, Kathleen McLaughlin describes China’s women-led mosques which, having weathered varying fortunes since the 17th Century, are now struggling to compete with the growing range of opportunities for young Hui...

Wu Man on Making Music from the Borderlands

The Huffington Post interviews pipa player Wu Man, whose new CD explores the origins of her instrument, Central Asia. On the CD, Borderlands: Wu Man and the Master Musicians of the Silk Route, she performs with two Uygur...

'Silk Road' Plan for Xinjiang Makes for a Rough Tapestry

Following deadly riots in Xinjiang in 2009, the central government announced a plan to develop a “new Silk Road” to link the isolated, impoverished region to surrounding economies in Central Asia and boost the...

Sam Crane: Beauty and Power on China’s Silk Road

Sam Crane travels the Silk Road in a piece for Kyoto Journal: Today, Dunhuang is a major tourist destination, especially popular with Japanese, Koreans and Southeast Asians. It is a highlight of any contemporary Silk Road...

Abram Hodgens: Silk Road Timelapse

The following video was produced from 26,000 still shots taken during a two-month journey through Tibet, Yunnan, Sichuan and Xinjiang by Abram Hodgens. Via Shanghaiist: Silk Road Timelapse: Two Months Across Tibet, Xinjiang,...

Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble Heads for the Proms

The Times interviews cellist Yo-Yo Ma about his Silk Road Project prior to a concert in London: But in Ma’s mind there’s a much deeper raison d’être for the Silk Road. He is acutely conscious of having personal roots in three...

Shifting Sands Tell the Tale of the Chinese West

In the International Herald Tribune, Howard French travels to Xinjiang to explore the history of China’s western regions: Xinjiang alone comprises one-sixth of the land of the People’s Republic of China, and Tibet, such as...

China in New ‘Great Game’ Over Central Asian Riches – The News

Pakistan’s The News reports from Kazakhstan: In the past few years, Chinese fruit, vegetables, TV sets, T-shirts and tires have flooded markets along the old Silk Road in former Soviet Central Asia. Each day, all along the Chinese border, hundreds of tractor-trailers rattle west. These goods are the most visible sign of Beijing’s growing power […]



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