Not The Onion: China produces musical about life of Uyghurs that omits oppression

Not The Onion: China produces musical about life of Uyghurs that omits oppression
Image: The State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China

Nope, that photo at the top of the page is not from an all-Asian production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Sound of Music,” though you could probably persuade someone gullible that it is. Certainly the People’s Republic of China are hoping they will be successful in gulling to world beyond its borders to accept its propaganda-laden “The Wings of Songs” as fact rather than fantasy.

The state-run musical, which was released as a film in China on March 28, is a supposedly an accurate portrayal of the life of Uyghur Muslims. All that’s missing from the play is any mention of the human-rights abuses and acts of geocide visited regularly on that population.

As Business Insider notes, Beijing has for years sought to eliminate Uyghur culture altogether. More than a million Uyghurs are detained in hundreds of prison camps across Xinjiang province. China has of course denied the existence of the camps, and state media in recent weeks have slammed the U.S. for meddling in China’s domestic affairs.

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But the musical paints a very different picture, telling the story of a Uyghur, a Kazakh, and a  Han Chinese man who form a musical group in the region. The closest that comes to reality is that Uyghurs are forced Uyghurs to adopt mainstream Han Chinese culture and are punished for straying.

If the arrangement sounds reminiscent of Adolph Hitler’s crusade to populate the world with a “master race,” that’s because it is.

It is also a real-life example of the systematic racism the Democrats claim is prevalent in our own country. So divorced is the Left from reality, however, that Joe Biden — despite advocating moving the MLB All-Star game our of Atlanta based on Georgia’s new voter law — has refused to back a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."


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