Ten years ago I had the privilege of making several trips to the city of Kashgar, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
I was captivated by these bright blue doors in an otherwise drab neighborhood. As I took the picture two veiled women strolled by. It was only later that I noticed one of them was carrying a big knife!
I would not be able to take this photo today since the government has initiated an anti-terror campaign in Xinjiang whose measures include banning Muslim women from wearing veils.
You can read more about it in this excellent piece on the China File website: Why China is Banning Islamic Veils and Why It Won’t Work.
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Alana Knepp (Kee)
You were visiting my family, right? That seems like a lifetime ago…
Indeed I was visiting your family! Good times, they were!