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Reviews

Aniwar Mamat

China

Bruce Doar

ANIWAR MAMAT, Strumming My Tuttar, 1999, oil on canvas, 200 x 70 cm.

The Chinese gourmet has a passion for Uighur food, and at a Xinjiang restaurant newly opened in Beijing and inappropriately named Xanadu, impatient queues form daily to sample its cuisine. For young Chinese, Xinjiang, like Tibet, is 'in', yet few Chinese have any notion of Uighur culture beyond Xinjiang kebabs and swirling plaited females dancing to exotic music, with Ali Baba and the occasional belly dancer thrown in to create colourful Islamic culture for…

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