So… this is happening. (Twitter links follow, if you can’t see them try disabling some filters you might use)
I’m going to Xinjiang. With friends. When? Well I shan’t say. I may be already be there.
You can help the expedition by donating here. As you see donations can be anonymous.
Donors will have direct access to me during the expedition, through email and through a secret app which for some reason is not blocked in China.
Why am I going? Well because of this.
The food is awesome!
Seriously, though. There’s been allegations by the foreign press and related Western institutions that China has instituted a state-of-the-art police state in Xinjiang, and that over 1 million Uyghurs have been sent to concentration camps to be brainwashed into Loving the Communist Party. This picture has been thrown around as proof.
The Chinese government first denied the allegations, then came up with a propaganda campaign saying “yeah, there’s camps, but they’re totally awesome”.
What do I believe? I honestly don’t know. Uyghurs are dumb, aggressive and shameless Muslims; pretty much like all the others, so their allegations aren’t credible at face value. The Japanese internet went crazy after some Uyghur said that Chinese police were raping Uyghur women 24/7 in these GULAGs, thrusting their dirty pork-eating genitals into their pure Uyghur womanhoods while brandishing syringes, saying they would kill them with a chemical injection if they didn’t put up. Oh and Uyghur males are caned and tortured in medieval ways too. The Japanese are furious. “We must break all relations with China immediately!!”. Well, ok guys. Sure. Whatever.
Then again the Chinese aren’t exactly known for their honesty. And China’s government these days is running an extremely lame cult of personality over Xi Jinping which has made the always lame Chinese propaganda become just completely unbearable. Here’s a good video on the issue, by the way.
So what is a man to do? Well go on his own and take a look. Hopefully it’ll be ok. Worst case scenario, I get kicked out. If I’m not, I’ll have an interesting time exploring a fascinating place with a long history and perhaps a preview of future governance, a real high-tech police state. And besides, the food really is good.
So again, if you wanna help out with my
bail fund expedition costs, you can do so through here
or you can come with me, or you can buy whatever I sell sometime next year about the trip. If you are so inclined you may also pray for me.
If you have any friends living in Xinjiang, or contacts of any kind, and don’t mind having some coffee with a bunch of white guys over there, please let me know, they could be very useful.
Wish me luck.