Uyghur Tea


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ABC Nightline’s recent report”Families of Muslims allegedly detained by Chinese authorities talk out” interviewed Uyghur expatriates that have relatives believed to be imprisoned in interment camps.  Those people who follow international affairs are surely aware of the Uyghur people’s predicament it’s a report with additional information.  What slightly puzzles me is ABC’s decision to spell”Uighur” with an”I” rather than”y.””Uighur” and”Uyghur” are equally fine and synonymous. Perhaps”Uighur” is much easier to pronounce, for people who haven’t heard of this people’s travel and struggle. 
Dolan’s business owner and I first conversed in English. I then pioneered Mandarin which I heard him talk very fluently with clients moments before.  He did not hesitate to voice his enormous disapproval of the Chinese government’s policies, such as reeducation camps and passport confiscation, while being surrounded.  He really detailed his unfortunate personal story in an L.A. Times article a few months back, which also interviewed Dolan’s chefs.

Dolan’s Uyghur Cuisine, whose owner is wise to include the preferred full spelling of”Uyghur” in his business name, has been enhancing SoCal’s cultural dining scene just since the start of 2019.  After stepping within Dolan’s, one finds that an exotic nevertheless family-oriented casual space, redolent of a modern Uyghur house’s dining room perhaps. Two teas on the drink menu interested meDolan’s Special Tea and Uyghur Milk Tea.  After learning it had been my very first trip, Dolan’s Special Tea was strongly suggested by the gregarious server.  Dolan’s is located on the city of Alhambra’s bustling Valley Boulevard where Asian bakeries and boba tea shops saturate every block; the server worried that I would locate the salty milk tea unfamiliar, even unpleasant.  His thoughtfulness reminded me of a conversation I overheard from China at a neighborhood café, who loudly discussed their experience of working with Uyghur business partners and commented on how friendly and thoughtful the Uyghur people were.   

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Dolan’s Special Tea — a combination of black tea, cinnamon, Persian rock candies, along with other components — was refreshing and refreshing, also complemented samsa and laghman well; nonetheless, I wish I’d been convinced and had ordered the milk tea whose taste I wished to recollect and relish.  

Published at Wed, 18 Sep 2019 08:00:04 +0000
My question for the owner before leaving Dolan’s: If your visitors attain independence, what’s going to be the name of your nation that is new?  His answer was”East Turkestan.”

East Turkestan, Obviously!  It had been over twenty years ago that I first learned the struggle and the importance , at an activist event.  Today the immense property is formally called the XinJiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.  The two Chinese characters, XinJiang (新疆), mean simply”new territory,” named and annexed through the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912).  Perhaps in a few generations the Uyghur people will maintain a nationwide referendum, such as those who predicted for Catalonia’s and Scotland Freedom Movements.  Currently, the world awaits the results of the conflict between China and Hong Kong.