Uyghur Americans

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Uyghur Americans
Erkin Sidiq.jpg
Uyghur American Erkin Sidick, a NASA engineer and a member of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Total population
Uyghur · American English
Sunni Islam
Related ethnic groups
Others Turkic peoples

Uyghur Americans are Americans of Uyghur ethnicity. Most of the Uyghurs in the United States started to immigrate from Xinjiang in late 1980s and after July 2009.


Uyghurs history in the United States can go back to 1960s. Especially in the late 20th century after a series of Xinjiang conflicts thousands of Uyghurs fled from their homeland of East Turkestan to Kazakhstan, Turkey, European countries, Canada and Australia, New Zealand etc. Meanwhile, up to more than a 1000 Uyghur people live in the United States of America[2].


As with other ethnic groups in the United States, Uyghur Americans also have several organizations. The most well-known organizations are Uyghur American Association[3], a Washington D.C. based advocacy organization which was established in 1998 by a group of Uyghur overseas activists to raise the public awareness of the Uyghur people, the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement, a youth led organization which was set up by Uyghur graduate student Salih Hudayar in 2017[4] and East Turkistan Government in Exile, which was set up by Uyghur activist Anwar Yusuf Turani in 2004.

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  1. ^ "Uyghurs in the United States". Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  2. ^ {cite web |url= in the United States|| accessdate=3 May 2017}}
  3. ^ "About Uyghur American Association". Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "About us – East Turkistan National Awakening Movement". Retrieved January 20, 2019.