South Korean women footballers defeated India 10-0 in Group B of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup Jordan 2018 qualifying tournament on Wednesday.

This is the first time for South Korean footballers to play in the capital of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) since October 1990.

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On the same day, DPRK women footballers defeated Hong Kong of China 5-0 under rainfalls, wind and chilly temperature.

DPRK and South Korea will play each other on Friday afternoon and the game is widely expected to decide the group's top position.

Strict security measures were arranged at the stadium and its surrounding areas which are next to the neo-classic Triumphant Gate dedicated to former President Kim Il Sung's 70th birthday.

Atmosphere here was relaxed with some shops selling Korean medicines, cosmetics, handicrafts, sports wears and snacks temporarily set up in the plaza outside the stadium.


by Xinhua writers Cheng Lu and Wen Chihua

BEIJING, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- When amateur boxer Kurbanjan Samat bought his first camera, he never expected to use photos to fight the stereotypes surrounding people from his native Xinjiang.

"You might be thought of as a barbecue operator, nut cake vendor, or even dangerous person by some people if you're from Xinjiang," the 33-year-old Uygur photographer and documentary filmmaker says, referring to the wrong perceptions of people from this remote northwest corner of China.

Following a series of terrorist incidents inside and outside Xinjiang in recent years, the region that accounts for one-sixth of China's land territory begins to attract more attention.

People like Kurbanjan want to show real lives of Xinjiang people and make others better understand this multicultural region.

Kurbanjan dresses like a typical young stylish Chinese man in a fitted black shirt, cream rayon pants and black sneakers, as he is interviewed about his photo essay "I Am from Xinjiang", which tells the stories of 100 Xinjiangers of various ethnicities and professions across China.

With a Chinese and English version well received, its Arabic, Turkish and Japanese translations are in the pipeline.

Kurbanjan is raising money to turn the work into a documentary film.

Explaining his motivation for the project, he points to an online comment by a child from Henan who wrote that he has never been to Xinjiang but supports what Kurbanjan is doing because he knows what it is like to combat stereotypes -- in his case, Henan people are liars.

Regional stereotypes exist in many parts of China.

Henan Province used to be thought of as the center of counterfeiting. Several young Henan residents have written a book to express their discontent with the stigma.

"People have a tendency to label a certain group after a certain incident," Kurbanjan says. "The stories I told have nothing to do with ethnicity, religion and region. We are the same."

Critics have said that besides Kurbanjan's images, what's impressive is the stories behind the pictures. Each is accompanied by a biography of their subject, and Kurbanjan's backstory is no less interesting.

Iran or even Mexico, but not China," Kurbanjan remembers. "I cannot speak English. The officer tried to speak Chinese, but it was very broken and I couldn't understand him, which he took as evidence that I wasn't Chinese."

A Chinese tourist behind Kurbanjan in the line was irritated. "He told the officer that China has 56 ethnic groups with diverse cultures. They are all Chinese."

It is such kinds of misunderstandings abroad that have encouraged Kurbanjan to accept invitations from overseas Chinese students and academics to make a lecture tour at U.S. universities, starting at Harvard last month.

The title of his speech is "Promoting exchange with love: I am from Xinjiang," referencing the first Chinese character he learned to write at school, "love".

A student from Clemson University wrote him a note: "Allow me to say thanks. You make people from China, America and other parts of the world better understand Xinjiang and its diverse cultures."

The principle of love and its usefulness in promoting mutual understandings between different ethnic groups seem more effective than other things Kurbanjan remembers learning at school. He believes Chinese education puts too much emphasis on the differences of ethnic groups.

One textbook given to Kurbanjan as a youngster depicted Han people as characters wearing white towels tied around their heads and a drum on their waists, and Uygurs as dancers with flowery hats.

Kurbanjan says he has never seen any of his Han friends don a white towel. His Uygur buddy Perhat Halik, a Chinese celebrity who won second place in reality show Voice of China 2014, is not good at dancing.

He talks in a roundabout way when asked why he thinks he has found success among the many professionals to have shot photos and film about Xinjiang.

Some would say his own ethnic identity makes him stand out, but Kurbanjan emphasizes that he doesn't represent any group or region. He represents himself.

"When I take pictures and shoot films, I'm trying to make myself better and understand the real nature of human beings," he says, hoping to bring more people to know the real Xinjiang and its people.

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