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Circuits of VisibilityGender and Transnational Media Cultures$
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Radha S. Hegde

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814737309

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814737309.001.0001

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Gendering Cyberspace

Gendering Cyberspace

Transnational Mappings and Uyghur Diasporic Politics

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Circuits of Visibility

Saskia Witteborn

NYU Press

This chapter looks at diasporic imaginaries and cultural politics as defined outside the boundaries of nation. It focuses on the persona of Rebiya Kadeer, who spearheads a political agenda for the Uyghur diasporic community. Kadeer's words and message are displayed on various Internet websites and social networking sites such as YouTube and Facebook, projecting Kadeer as a spokesperson and human rights activist for the Uyghur people. Her maternal image serves as a representational counterpoint at a time when diasporic Uyghurs have become visible in the Western media through the frames of terrorism and radical Islam. While Kadeer's advocacy is perceived as subversive by the Chinese media, she claims status as an activist, author, and mother figure who sets the political agenda for the Uyghur diaspora and articulates a highly mediated politics of visibility for the community. Communication technologies, in this case, become the site and medium for reconstruction of lost localities and cultures.

Keywords:   diasporic imaginaries, cultural politics, Rebiya Kadeer, Uyghur community, Western media, visibility, communication technologies

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