The Silk Road of Pop
Thursday, April 27, 2017
401 Physical Sciences Building
6 pm: Dinner
Please join the China and Asia-Pacific Studies program for a casual dinner of Chinese food and then stay for a showing of the award-winning, one-hour documentary The Silk Road of Pop. The Silk Road of Pop looks at a young musicians in Xinjiang and presents a very different way to think about the region and, more broadly, China as a whole.
The movie directors write: “On the distant northwest edge of China lies Xinjiang, a vast region of snow-capped mountains, barren deserts and gritty market cities. Here, along the ancient Silk Road, music is one of the hottest commodities: it is vibrant, infectious, and far-reaching, permeating every corner of the province. Yet, around the music lies a troubling reality. Engaged in an identity tug-of-war, the region’s main population – the Uyghur Muslims – are gradually watching their populations dwindle as they are engulfed by a predominant Han Chinese settlement. One of the very few documentaries to come out of Xinjiang, The Silk Road of Pop captures the challenges of a minority group in China and the explosive music scene which results.”