Beijing Bullies: Olympic Series 1

by Yi Xiaocuo

While China’s global influence is looming large, we are reminded again and again of the ways we are treated as Muslims or “ethnic minorities.” More than ever, we come to realize the importance of social justice and standing in solidarity with other groups facing similar threats.

I sketched these 2008 Beijing Olympics mascots wearing police uniforms in order to show the experiences of Xinjiang minorities when they are stopped by police on the streets, at security checkpoints, at airport customs, or when they encounter nationalistic Chinese.

Being scanned multiple times is a daily procedure people have to endure in Xinjiang, and the government has confiscated everybody’s passports for “safe keeping.”

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