The Washington Post. 16 April 2021
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In 2017, my family’s nightmare began: Over four decades, my father, Mamat Abdullah, had served China in many posts, including
in the 1990s as the mayor of Korla, the second-largest city in the Xinjiang region. He helped open up trade with other parts of
China for Korla’s agricultural products, including its famous pears. His last government position was as chief of the regional
forestry bureau. He was held in high esteem in Urumqi, the regional capital — my home before I immigrated to the United States.