In the second episode of our series on genocide, Again and Again, we discuss the Circassian and Bangladeshi genocides of the 19th and 20th centuries, where nearly 3.5 million people were collectively murdered. Despite the large numbers of people murdered, we question why these genocides are lost into obscurity. Though cultural proximity and impact to national identities may factor into the popular knowledge of genocides, access to information and competition in journalism can also hinder awareness or action. We also apply these assumptions to the current situation in western China to help decipher what may actually be happening to the Uyghurs.
Take a look at some of our favorite books and articles that we came across while researching this topic:
- A Problem from Hell, Samantha Power
- Why Not Kill Them All, Clark McCauley and Daniel Chirot
- 10 Facts About the Circassian Genocide, The Borgen Project
- The Genocide the U.S. Can’t Remember, But Bangladesh Can’t Forget, Smithonian, Lorraine Boissoneault
- Xi Jinping’s Genocide of the Uyghurs, Foreign Policy Journal, Mamtimin Ala