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Danwei TV 6: Meat on a Stick

Danwei TV 6 is a short film about Uighurs in Beijing.

The Uighurs, (pronounced Wee-ger and sometimes spelled Uyghur) are a Muslim ethnic group from Xinjiang, Chinese central Asia.

In this show, Danwei TV interviews several Uighurs in Beijing selling lamb kebabs (yang rou chuan'r) and Uighur candy, and shows their working conditions.

Interviews were conducted in Mandarin, which is not the Uighur's native tongue: they speak their own language, which is related to Turkish.

Shot and edited by Luke Mines, this film is presented by Jeremy Goldkorn, with original music by Fernando Fidanza. For inspiration, thanks to Richard Robinson (one of whose many projects is Chopschticks, which organizes performances by U.S. stand up comedians in China).

Click on the image below to view the video. It is also available on Youtube and Revver. Other formats, including iPod video will be available soon.

- There is some untranslated Uighur dialogue in the video. A translation would be highly appreciated if there are any Uighur speakers out there who can translate to English or Chinese. Send to jeremy at danwei dot org.

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There are currently 19 Comments for Danwei TV 6: Meat on a Stick.

Comments on Danwei TV 6: Meat on a Stick

I dig the music. Why's Jeremy wearing a construction helmet,though? RMB2,000 a day?! Lucrative business! @)@

I ate at a Uighur restaurant in Beijing last fall. The food was good, even the horse, which was similar to dry chipped beef.

They look delicious... thanks for sharing the video.

All that time in Xinjiang, yet I still don't know what he's saying. It's something about speaking the Uyghur language (the correct spelling is with a y, because in the Uyghur alphabet that's a y), but beyond that the dude talks too fast. Maybe he's Turkish.

"Nesh pul", to which the kid responds "three pounds", means just what you think it means: how much. More often for weight, but it can be used for other things. Good to know I can start practicing Uyghur again when I come to Beijing. I'll email this link to a real Uyghur speaker so you can get a translation.

I'm diggin' Danwei TV. Keep it up.

You got to love that youth giving the camera "the bird" during intro part of this video.

Once again, job well done, jeremy.

Thanks for the props.

I should add a huge thank you and credit to Luke Mines, who has shot and edited all the Danwei TV shorts, and dealt with the presenting and scripting problems caused by my lack of experience.

we have a very good xinjiang restaurant over the street corner near our office. the couple are very nice and the foods are just great. but you can find some animosities towards xinjiang people among hte shanghai locals, and syaings like "xinjiang kids are all thiefs" widely spread.

btw, the best mutton is from inner mongolia

what, no pickpockets?
no hash sellers?
I once had the fortune to experience both (having my pocket picked while in the process of buying hash from a Uighur in the old gan jia kou area.) he gave the money back when I clocked him and we had a good old laugh together over a cup of dishwater tea. those were the days.
good video. great music

This is my first to visit this website.
Why can't I watch the video completely?

some xinjiang (as we call uyghur) kids are left by their lamb-kebabs-selling parents and develop the pocket-picking into a lesiure activities. it's a common phenomenon in many children of migrant workers in shanghai and beijing, but the different physical appearances make xinjiang kids more eye-catching.

no doubt theose xinjiang-ren in restaurant biz make a lot of money, but i don't understand where the money goes. there seems no further investment and they don't live a luxury life

wow, i've been watching the recent danwei tv clips and i think they are great. informative, and entertaining. i'm sure as you continue to make such shows that the structuring will continue to get better. good job jeremy & luke. oh, and i'm jealous of your fluency in mandarin...

Good stuff once again from Danwei TV.

I think the restaurant at the beginning might be the one to which me and my bandmates used to frequently retire to after rehearsals, and which was thus designated the Official Band Restaurant. Good chaomianpian, for one thing.

Bingfeng, if the xinjiang dudes I've met in Shanghai are anything to judge by, then a large portion of this community's profits are going back to their families in western China. Good show Danwei.

These danwei reports capture the current zeitgeist with so much more insight and humor than 90% of the coverage of Beijing in the foreign media. Everything from the editing style to the hardhat seems authentic to the current Beijing moment. I hope you eventually collect the episodes onto a CD -- they will make for great viewing 10 years from now.

man, i totally love danwei tv. I want to experience more xinjiang food but everytime i go back to shanghai i never get the opportunity to, last time I bought what i think was one of those nang breads. It was rock hard but insanely tasty...Mmmmm

and jeremy, dang your mando sounds better than mine...and i was born in shanghai. kudos

I agree - this is a fantastic initiative. How is that your two minute shorts filmed ad edited (I assume) with ordinary equipment are so much better than the mind-numbing crap of CCTV9?

Another question - interesting to find out what you look and sound like, blogs are so anonymous - are you Louis Theroux?

(see link below)

Fantastic stuff. But I too am puzzled by the hard hat and why Jeremy keeps talking into a feather duster.
Seriously, though, we need you guys down here in the Pearl River Delta. Keep it up.

I dig the (what seems to be signature) hard hat and large feather-duster mic...great touch. I am hooked on these videos. Just the right mix of subtle, tongue-in-cheek humor with legitimate insight on Beijing life. Keep 'em coming...dont try too hard though, that's half the appeal for me...

Chuanr was such an ever-present part of living in Beijing...seeing it brings back a lot of memories. Your series is forging a pretty good introduction to Beijing. Keep it up!

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