If you leave Dunhuang and follow the northern road of the Silk Road, you will pass through an area that the Chinese called the West. Cities currently belonging to the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in China - Urumqi, Turfan, Kutcher and Kashgar.
I can't help but comment here on China's autonomous region here China is a country where about 50 ethnic Koreans and ethnic minorities coexist. There are five areas where ethnic minorities are concentrated that have given their members autonomy, called autonomous districts. The representative autonomous regions are Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Shijang Autonomous Region in Tibet. It is also a representative place in China that wants independence.
In Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, more than 200 people are said to have died in 2009 while suppressing a massive independence movement. So far, about 150 religious leaders have burned themselves to death, calling for independence. In fact, it doesn't really go very far because it has nothing to do with our country.
But if you think about it like this way. The Korean strength of Japan, which began in 1910, ends with the Allied victory in World War II in 1945. If the Allied Powers failed to win, and of course we would have won independence by ourselves, but if Japan continued to dominate Korea, what would it be like if Japan practically ruled Korea with only its own name and self-rule?
The Uighurs of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and the Tibetans of the Sicang Autonomous Region have lived in the region from generation to generation, as have their own languages and cultures. It is only natural that they, who have never thought of themselves as Chinese, want independence rather than live under the rule of China in their name-only borough.
- This serial posting is my Silk Road travel plan. I am Korean and the original was written in Korean. Because I am not familiar with English, this article is translated into a translator. I'd like to introduce you to my writing and get travel information and advice. I hope you will pay a lot of attention.