Quatrini began a research paper based on his visit. And now, thanks to a short-term research publication grant from the American Association of University Women, she will be able to complete her work. AAUW, one of the world’s oldest supporters of graduate women’s education, has provided more than $135 million in scholarships, grants and awards to 13,000 women from 150 countries since its founding in 1881. “We are proud to support the work of these exceptional people. scholars and community leaders,” says Gloria L. Blackwell, AAUW Executive Director.
Quatrini’s research focuses on ethnic politics and nationalism in China, with an emphasis on how minority groups, particularly Uyghurs, manage their relationship with the Chinese party-state. As of 2017, up to 1.8 million Turkish Muslims, many of whom are Uyghurs, were interned in re-education camps in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Quastrini reported. “While incarcerated, they face bullying, brainwashing and beatings simply for practicing Islam, mild acts of dissent and contact with Uyghurs living abroad.
“In addition to tearing families apart with detentions, total surveillance of Uyghurs by the Chinese government, forced suppression of their culture, and recent reports suggesting widespread sexual assault in internment camps,” notes Quatrini, “the researcher Adrian Zenz has written a detailed analysis of measures to suppress the Uyghur birth rate.