Silk Road and Me (Part 1)

Silk Road and Me (Part 1)

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My predestined relationship with the Silk Road all began in the mid 90’s. Due to the nature of my job, I had to travel frequently to the mid-west of China, to provinces like Gansu, Qinhai and Ningxia. It wasn’t long till I went further west and explored the land of Xinjiang. And when I realized, I was already in the realms of countries like Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. Later it came to my awareness that all these places I went to were in fact, part of the famous ancient Silk Road.


After the year of 1997, I started residing in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, where I call my second home. My footprints had since extended to the Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Tashkent, and more. My education and career background had always been closely related to the then Soviet Union, Common Independent States, Russia, and of course, the Russian language. It was surprising to find how one’s past seemed to have always cohered with what they now call the “Silk Road Economic Belt”.

Above: Hotel Uzbekistan in Tashkent


As I later moved to Hong Kong, out of coincidence, I was invited to teach members at a listed company Russian by friends from the Russian Cultural Centre.


On the wall of the conference room inside the office, there was a Chapan covered with golden stiches (which is a traditional piece of ethnic clothing known to be warm in winter and cool in summer , and is normally offered as a gift to honorable guest in places like Uzbekistan and Tajikistan), and a map of Central Asia. The scene remains vivid in my memory. I was very intrigued that a company located in the far east of Hong Kong has ties with Central Asian countries.

chapanA Chapan (photo credit: The Uzbek Art Museum)



And as I became part of that company later, I found myself in a prolonged relationship with the Silk Road and Central Asia. I went deep into the Pamir Mountains, and had arrived at the origins of the Tajiks – the only Caucasian clan in China’s 56 ethnic minorities – at the Republic of Tajikistan. (to be continued)

 

Thursday, 20th August, 2015

Moja

Grew up next to the Soviet Union’s Embassy in Beijing, studied at the former “Anti-Revisionism Road Secondary School” (there was a time when China used to advocate opposition to US Imperialism and Soviet Union’s Revisionism).
Born in the years of “Anti-Revisionism” and was taught Russian. At college received an education that was a by-product of the “authentic” Soviet Union way to “plan for the economy”, seen as the “most fortunate” generation in China (as it was back in the 60’s, where amid the Cultural Revolution that “it doesn’t matter where you come from”, the “honour” of being the “most fortunate” was thus granted) .
Worked at few famous conglomerates that grew importance after the open door policy was introduced. Had been to North America, Northern Africa, most parts of Europe, Central Asia, West Asia, and had resided in St Petersburg of Russia and Tashkent of Uzbekistan. Hold great respect to all kinds of religion, culture and history of different ethnicities!

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