Continuing with the unveiling of CyberChaikhana’s chapter rough drafts, neweurasia’s Schwartz now turns to Turkmenistan, a country whose experiment with neo-Stalinism has left deep scars. “Our spin is to approach it from digital, philosophical, and generational angles not otherwise explored by other media agencies reporting on the country,” he writes.
neweurasia’s Schwartz unveils the latest chapter rough draft of the ongoing CyberChaikana project. This time the focus is on Tajikistan, exploring the reasons for her people to despair and to persevere, as well as the struggles of the government to follow its own better angels — or succumb to its devils.
neweurasia’s Schwartz unveils the latest chapter rough draft of the ongoing CyberChaikana project, the writing stage of which is drawing to a close. This time the focus is on nationalism and national identity in Central Asia: “The identity you think you are does not exist.”
As the writing phase of CyberChaikhana nears completion, neweurasia’s Schwartz releases the next in a series of chapter rough drafts — the chapter on Kyrgyzstan. “The tulip, rising from the murk, its blossoms spread in full bloom, symbolizes many things for the people of Kyrgyzstan… Once, only a few years ago, it also meant the hope of revolution. Today: folly, disappointment, and rage.”
Up next is Uzbekistan, an enigmatic country if ever there was one, and sometimes as much for the people inside of it as out. Originally we were going to entitle it, “The Enigma,” but Ben and I came to the conclusion that, “The Long Loud Silence” best fits the conundrum Uzbekistan presents to the world — and to itself.
The writing phase of neweurasia’s ongoing CyberChaikhana post is nearing completion. neweurasia’s Schwartz, who is writing the book, releases the first in a series of chapter rough drafts — the chapter on religion. “Central Asia has always been a battleground, and not just between empires. Ideas, especially in the form of religions, have also sought to conquer the region toward their own ends.”
Update: So, CyberChaikhana is approaching the end. No photos to share this time around, but while hunting around the Stanosphere for CyberChaikhana material, I came upon this really neat student blog from Kyrgyzstan. The academic who heads it up runs her own blog, called The Golden Road to Samarqand, a.k.a., “Thoughtful Spot”. I intend to get in touch with her to find out when — and if — the student blog project will resume.
Update: I’m in the Hague with Ben, working on the remainder of the CyberChaikhana manuscript. This time around we’re focusing on the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan and the whole question of national identity in Central Asia. Fun stuff, as you can see from the photos (again, click “Read More”).
Update: The project’s deadline was pushed back to later this year, but it perseveres nonetheless! Two weeks ago Ben and I were working on what currently exists of the manuscript (half!) and reviewing some of the graphic mock-ups. Today, I just finished revising the Tajikistan chapter, which has now been fleshed out to include our coverage on the Roghun and lawsuit controversies. I had to suffer hours upon hours of gruesome Flemish folk music to do it, but hey, the people of Tajikistan have suffered far worse. ;-) Click on “Read More” if you want to see yours truly working…
Here’s the latest chapter rough draft for the ongoing CyberChaikhana project. It focuses on the status of media in general and journalism in particular in the region. I think it actually came out rather well… ;) (Warning: some of the formatting with the hyperlinks may get a little wacky…)
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