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Differences Between Uygurs and Han Chinese People

Uygurs
Han Chinese
People Uygurs are a mostly-Muslim people group living mainly in northwest China in the Xinjiang region. They speak the Uygur language. They have different ancestors than Han Chinese people. The Han Chinese are the main people group in China. They speak Chinese.
Uygur Lands Some Uygurs would like Xinjiang to break away from China. China’s government has sent many Han Chinese people to live in Xinjiang. They believe the region will not break away from China if more Han Chinese people live there.
Food Uygur Muslims do not eat pork. Bread is the Uygurs’ main food. Han Chinese eat pork and have different favorite foods then Uygurs. Rice is their main food..
Predjudice Many Uygurs think of Han Chinese people as enemies. Some Han Chinese people do not like or trust Uygurs.
How Many Gods? Uygur Muslims worship Allah. Traditional Chinese religions teach about many gods. Communism, the form of government in China, teaches that belief in God is not important. More and more Han Chinese people are becoming Christians.
Eternity Muslims believe in a Judgment Day when Allah decides whether or not to let them into paradise. They believe the decision is based on Allah’s will and on how many good deeds the Muslim has done. Traditional Chinese religions do not teach about a final judgment. Communist teachings say there is not eternal life. (Read John 3:16 to see what the Bible says.)