Images of Xinjiang and the Cultural Revolution

Here is a collection of images I have compiled on the topic of Xinjiang and the Cultural Revolution. As there is quite a bit more material available online, I expect to be adding more to this collection over the next few months as I come across new images. Watch this space!


1. “Cheering for the Great Success of the Proletariat’s Cultural Revolution” Source
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2. Uyghur Women perform ‘Model Theatre’ (样板戏), a form of opera produced during the Cultural RevolutionSourceScreen Shot 2016-03-03 at 17.50.51

3. Kashmir’s Communist Party march in the streets SourceScreen Shot 2016-03-03 at 17.55.33.png

4. Zhou Enlai and Chen Yi arrive in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and accept flowers from Uighur youth, 1965  Source

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5. Zhou Enlai at Shihezi Farm meeting with Shanghai ‘educated youth‘, 1965 Source

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 6. Zhou Enlai meets with Helong culture troupe, 1965 Source

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7.“Turpan grapes have ripened, Chairman Mao and Xinjiang people stand together” Source

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8. Residents of Aksu city welcome ‘educated youth’ from Shanghai, 1964 Source

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9. Residents of Urumqi celebrate the 16th anniversary of the establishment of the PRC and 10th anniversary of establishment of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Oct 1st 1965 Source

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10. A “Big Character Poster” (大字报) laid on the body of someone killed during Shihezi city’s 1.26 incident. Known as“the first shot during the Cultural Revolution,” the incident marked the first mass killing of unarmed civilians by the military. It occurred during a power-seizure movement in Shihezi’s Production and Construction Corps Source

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11. “Fight together and march ahead triumphantly – Warmly celebrating Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s 20 Year anniversary”, 1975

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12.“Rise up in unity, strive for greater triumph” Source

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13. Selections from Uyghur Opera – The Red Lantern (Adapted from the modern revolutionary Peking opera of the same title), 1970s Source

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14. Chairman Mao shakes hands with ‘ordinary’ Uyghur man Kurban Tulum (popularly referred to as Uncle Kurban), 1958 Source

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15. Book on Xinjiang folk herbal remedies, 1970 Source

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16. Red Guards from Xinjiang gather at Tiananmen Square, 1966 Source

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17. “Long Live the Chinese Communist Party”Source

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18. Peasants carrying out a political study session in wheat field  Source

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19. More peasants engaged in political study  Source

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20. The left seizing power Source

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21. “See the ‘Criticise Lin, Criticise Confucius’ Movement off to the finish”, 1975 Source

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22. Cheque book from the Cultural Revolution with slogan “Boundless Loyalty to Chairman Mao” Source

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