Japanese Author Details Experiences of Female Xinjiang Camp Detainees Through Manga

Images from Tomomi Shimizu's manga 'What Happened to Me: One Uyghur Woman’s Testimony.'   Tomomi Shimizu

2020-09-10

Can manga spread awareness of the plight of Uyghurs in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) to audiences beyond the reach of traditional activism and reporting?

Japanese writer and cartoonist Tomomi Shimizu believes so—enough to have published six manga books detailing the persecution Uyghurs face in the XUAR, from everyday repression to confinement in the region’s internment camps.

And Uyghur businesswoman Gulbahar Jelilova, whose detention for 17 months was the subject of Shimizu’s second book, says the manga treatment of her internment camp experience has drawn young people to join protests in support of Uyghurs.

Read the full article at Radio Free Asia

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