I grew up as a member of an “ethnic minority” in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where all my family members are confined at the moment. Now I am based in North America.
My alias 一小撮 (“a small bunch”) originates from the Chinese Communist Party’s favorite propaganda phrase to denigrate critical voices and dissidents. This highly moralizing judgmental speech act has dehumanized dissidents and justified violence upon them, for example, during the Cultural Revolution and Tiananmen Massacre. I chose this alias deliberately as I believe it is important to stand with the denigrated “small bunch” who fought for truth and democracy in contemporary history of China.
Alone we are small, together we are many.
By Yi Xiaocuo, May 14, 2019
Originally published on SupChina
By Yi Xiaocuo, April 18, 2019
Originally published on Made In China
By Yi Xiaocuo
Afterlives of Chinese Communism: Political Concepts from Mao to Xi
Edited by Christian Sorace, Ivan Franceschini, Nicholas Loubere, published by Australian National University Press, 2019