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East asian travelers to Turkey

My husband and I planned a trip to Turkey (Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus) for June of this year. The U.S. government travel website noted that "in response to reports of the government of China’s restrictions on Uighurs during the 2015 Ramadan celebrations, incidents of unprovoked, violent harassment against East Asian individuals have occurred in Turkey. U.S. citizens of East Asian descent, or those who are perceived to be from East Asia, are most at risk."
My husband is Caucasian and I am Japanese....We've been looking forward to visiting Turkey for a long time, but now I'm starting to wonder if we should go elsewhere?? Please share your thoughts. Thank you!

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Kara, I happened to read that same page yesterday. The note about East Asians came a surprise to me, since I had not heard any related news. A Google search now doesn't immediately bring up any news fresher than last summer's Ramadan. I would count on protestors having short memories and most Turks standing on their tradition of hospitality.

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Hi Kara,
As being a local, please please please no worries, about it. Yes it is real after China's restrictions to Uighurs (last year) there were individual incidents (only a few). Turkish people are very respectful to tourists (whatever their nation or their religion). I can easily say no worries at all, definetely.
Please come and see Turkish hospitality and enjoy your trip.