DIALOGUE UNIT 5: Uzbekistani Perceptions of the Chinese Presence
While there are several studies on Chinese perception of Central Asia, this Dialogue Unit will explore the Uzbekistani side. The idea involves combining research based on historical sources as well as data from surveys in order to offer a new approach on the historical anthropology of the relations between China and Uzbekistan.
From the historical point of view, there are a number of traditions in which China is perceived in Uzbekistan and they are always ambivalent:
in the traditional way of a distinction between chin and khitoj,
in a Soviet way where China has been perceived as part of the Communist brotherhood as well as the yellow peril which will flood the Turanic plain because of sheer quantity.
Hence, the project of this Dialogue Unit has the following objectives:
Comparing the narratives about China in what is currently Uzbekistan, both from a historical and from a more contemporary point of view.
Analyzing how history is used at present in order to legitimate either Sinophobic, Sinophilic or other narratives among citizens of today’s Uzbekistan.
This Dialogue Unit, therefore, pays attention to historical sources written in Turkic and Persian languages. Such a revision will allow us to challenge the interpretations done by those authors based almost exclusively on Chinese sources.
Svetlana Jacquesson, Ph.D.
Dr. Azim Mannonovich Malikov
PhDr. Tereza Hejzlarová, Ph.D.