March 7, 2014
A father, and uncle, is always someone special in every young girl’s life. The 12 year old daughter snuggles into her father’s lap still wearing her pajamas from the previous evening while his niece wraps her arms tightly around his neck. No one wants to be left out of the love that’s shared within the household. It’s never an odd sight to see family members giving each other physical affection in Uyghur culture. Often you will spot fathers holding onto their young adult sons. 
It’s morning inside a traditional Uyghur home near Korla, Xinjiang. After chai and breakfast the family generally sits around discussing life, family issues, and what things need to be taken care of during the day.

A father, and uncle, is always someone special in every young girl’s life. The 12 year old daughter snuggles into her father’s lap still wearing her pajamas from the previous evening while his niece wraps her arms tightly around his neck. No one wants to be left out of the love that’s shared within the household. It’s never an odd sight to see family members giving each other physical affection in Uyghur culture. Often you will spot fathers holding onto their young adult sons. 

It’s morning inside a traditional Uyghur home near Korla, Xinjiang. After chai and breakfast the family generally sits around discussing life, family issues, and what things need to be taken care of during the day.

March 5, 2014
A Uyghur husband and wife work together, storing away the Fall’s harvest of fruit for the winter. The fruit, which is usually apples and pears, will be used by the family and given as gifts until the Spring.
It is quite common for Uyghur couples and families of Xinjiang to work together in the fields, with a high respect for the mother. Not only does the older women work in the fields but also will tend to the family matters late into the evening.
The countryside of Korla, Xinjiang October 2012

A Uyghur husband and wife work together, storing away the Fall’s harvest of fruit for the winter. The fruit, which is usually apples and pears, will be used by the family and given as gifts until the Spring.

It is quite common for Uyghur couples and families of Xinjiang to work together in the fields, with a high respect for the mother. Not only does the older women work in the fields but also will tend to the family matters late into the evening.

The countryside of Korla, Xinjiang October 2012

March 4, 2014
Uyghur girls play in the countryside near Kashgar, Xinjiang.

Uyghur girls play in the countryside near Kashgar, Xinjiang.

March 3, 2014
Shabana, an adolescent, shows off a photograph of her future husband in the slums of Uttara (near Dhaka), Bangladesh.
Arranged marriage is still very popular in this country that is majority Muslim. A Bengali marriage is more than just a woman and man committing to a life together, but also the merging of two families.
After talking with a recent bride, and others in Bangladesh, I know that there is a phase of depression among these young women. They have left the only family they have ever known to live with a stranger and his family. 

Shabana, an adolescent, shows off a photograph of her future husband in the slums of Uttara (near Dhaka), Bangladesh.

Arranged marriage is still very popular in this country that is majority Muslim. A Bengali marriage is more than just a woman and man committing to a life together, but also the merging of two families.

After talking with a recent bride, and others in Bangladesh, I know that there is a phase of depression among these young women. They have left the only family they have ever known to live with a stranger and his family. 

December 19, 2013
Young Kyrgyz girl that resides along the border of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan bids farewell to her overnight guest, during Ramadan 2012.

Young Kyrgyz girl that resides along the border of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan bids farewell to her overnight guest, during Ramadan 2012.

October 25, 2013
Young Tajik children play in the Pamirs during the setting sun of Ramadan. Tajikistan July 2012

Young Tajik children play in the Pamirs during the setting sun of Ramadan. Tajikistan July 2012

September 26, 2013
The sacrifice of a sheep for Eid al-Adha  عيد الأضحى‎ October 2012, Aksu Xinjiang
Feast of the Sacrifice is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to honor the willingness of the prophet ʾIbrāhīm (Abraham) to sacrifice his young first-born son Ismā’īl (Ishmael) as an act of submission to God’s command and his son’s acceptance to being sacrificed, before God intervened to provide Abraham with a Lamb to sacrifice instead. In the lunar Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for four days. In the international Gregorian calendar, the dates vary from year to year, drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.

The sacrifice of a sheep for Eid al-Adha  عيد الأضحى‎ October 2012, Aksu Xinjiang

Feast of the Sacrifice is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to honor the willingness of the prophet ʾIbrāhīm (Abraham) to sacrifice his young first-born son Ismā’īl (Ishmael) as an act of submission to God’s command and his son’s acceptance to being sacrificed, before God intervened to provide Abraham with a Lamb to sacrifice instead. In the lunar Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for four days. In the international Gregorian calendar, the dates vary from year to year, drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.

September 26, 2013
Mother and son pick apples in the family’s orchard, September 2012

Early fall is fruit harvesting season in Xinjiang. Many families have their own orchards and fields that they grow a variety of fruit. The fruit is stored in a small building and eaten through out the fall and winter.
Fruit picking is much more difficult than you would imagine; as I dropped at least 1 in every 4 apples and pears I picked.

Mother and son pick apples in the family’s orchard, September 2012

Early fall is fruit harvesting season in Xinjiang. Many families have their own orchards and fields that they grow a variety of fruit. The fruit is stored in a small building and eaten through out the fall and winter.

Fruit picking is much more difficult than you would imagine; as I dropped at least 1 in every 4 apples and pears I picked.

June 26, 2013
A young Uyghur man pulls a sanlunche (三轮车) into the courtyard of a home in Kashgar. 

A young Uyghur man pulls a sanlunche (三轮车) into the courtyard of a home in Kashgar. 

March 23, 2013
Men get shaved at a Tuesday Bazaar near Kashgar, East Turkestan 2012

Men get shaved at a Tuesday Bazaar near Kashgar, East Turkestan 2012

February 27, 2013
Mother and child sitting in the summer shade, Tajikistan 2012

Mother and child sitting in the summer shade, Tajikistan 2012

February 23, 2013
Uyghur couple near Aksu, East Turkestan, September 2012
Many in the West have this idea that Muslim men and women do not interact with one another, a segregated culture. I have found this to be quite untrue through out East Turkestan and  often in Central Asia. This husband and wife were nearly always side be side, whether in the home, picking cotton, or working their personal fruit orchard.
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Uyghur couple near Aksu, East Turkestan, September 2012

Many in the West have this idea that Muslim men and women do not interact with one another, a segregated culture. I have found this to be quite untrue through out East Turkestan and  often in Central Asia. This husband and wife were nearly always side be side, whether in the home, picking cotton, or working their personal fruit orchard.

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February 13, 2013
A Uyghur couple rides an electric scooter through Old Town, Kashgar. This part of Kashgar is being demolished and rebuilt like many “ancient” towns in China. It will soon be “jiade” like the Great Wall and so many other “new” old and ancient places. I was there last March and again in August and couldn’t believe what had happened in such a short period of time. 
Kashgar, October 2012
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A Uyghur couple rides an electric scooter through Old Town, Kashgar. This part of Kashgar is being demolished and rebuilt like many “ancient” towns in China. It will soon be “jiade” like the Great Wall and so many other “new” old and ancient places. I was there last March and again in August and couldn’t believe what had happened in such a short period of time. 

Kashgar, October 2012

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February 6, 2013
Tajik women in the kitchen, preparing a feast for Ramadan. 2012 Tajikistan

Tajik women in the kitchen, preparing a feast for Ramadan. 2012 Tajikistan

November 7, 2012
Uyghur burial grounds in the most southern part of the Taklamakan Desert, October 2012

Uyghur burial grounds in the most southern part of the Taklamakan Desert, October 2012

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