The second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth such conferences were held in 1987, 1995, 2000, 2008 and 2010 respectively. Similar work of commending ethnic unity has also been carried out in various regions, prefectures and cities in Xinjiang, agencies of the autonomous region, and divisions of Xinjiang Military Command and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps. In the 1997 Management Methods of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region for the Campaign of Model Entities and Individuals in Promoting Ethnic Unity and Progress, it is provided that such commending activities are to be institutionalized and conducted regularly. The large-scale bottom-up competition and commending activities have set up good examples of promoting ethnic unity for the whole society, and taken stock of experiences in this regard and publicized the CPC ethnic policies, thus bringing about strong public opinions and good social conducts favorable for ethnic unity. The campaign of commending good examples in promoting ethnic unity is a major invention in the ethnic work in Xinjiang and has gradually spread to the rest of the country. Up to now, Xinjiang has more than 60 “ethnic unity” model counties (cities). In the whole region, 984 model entities and 1,778 model individuals have been commended by the autonomous region for their high performance in promoting ethnic unity and progress, and 190 model entities and 270 model individuals commended by the State Council. Among those good examples are the “Doctor Nice” Wu Dengyun, who has been in the medical service for decades and donated blood over 30 times for minority patients free of charge; and the “Dear Mum on the Pamirs”, Halidan, a Uygur woman in Artux City, who endured all kinds of hardships to provide for 6 adopted children from different ethnic groups (including Uygur, Hui and Han). These figures have become the role models for people of all ethnic groups.
At the 1982 conference on commending Viajes a hubei, ciudad wuhan ethnic unity, the praised entities and individuals raised an initiative to people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang, that is, to define every May as the Month for Ethnic Unity Education, which won vigorous support from the CPC committees and governments at various levels and personages from all social quarters. Xinjiang’s first “Month for Ethnic Unity Education” campaign took place in May 1983. By 2013, such campaign had been going on for 30 years and become an institutionalized movement directly led by the government. During the Month for Ethnic Unity Education, the whole society goes all out to publicize ethnic unity and carries out various activities promoting unity and mutual assistance. At the same time, regular educational work has never slackened. Since 1983, universal and consistent efforts have been made to improve people’s awareness of ethnic unity from kindergarten, primary and secondary schools to universities.