Tibet….

10 05 2008

When the US “acquired” Hawaii did anyone boycott their Olympics? Or made all those pesky news stories about how human rights isn’t in place or some person got shot because they were in a protest. The history books made it clear that US acquired Hawaii without killing anyone or forced anything on anyone…..be practical. History books are not all that accurate.

Heres the thing: Tibet is one of the most isolated and possibly one of the most poorest places on Earth. China decided to take it over during the Second World War. We have pretty much brought civilization to their very small and isolated island. We have made it possible for them to travel out of Tibet and maybe get a different job besides raising chickens and farming land. They wouldn’t even have a railroad if it weren’t for China.

China has one of those policies that if your an ethnic groups that has a population under some certain amount then you can have a self-governing  government. Which means China lets you have your own system of government. There are something live over 200 of those groups in China. Most located in the Inner Mongolia region. Tibet counts as one of them, I think, not one hundred percent sure on this. If you know the answer feel free to leave comment to share info with all of us.

China has always been right on one thing, and that is protesting. If you look into Chinese history whenever there is protest there has always been bloodshed and Tibet is not the first groups of people to experience this. The Communist government is kind of scared of getting overthrown, but then again who isn’t?

So in the end the blame lies on the Dalia Lama. He supports peaceful protests but it is a form of protest nonetheless. And the human rights arguement is old, people in mainland China have the same rights, they are living happily and are living in a prosperous country. Tibet just needs a bit of time to adapt and China should try to control the protest, not crush it, and maybe hear them out on what they have to say. In the end though Tibet cannot possibly hope to get out of the control of China, so they should accept the new change and hopefully prosper like the people living in China.

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20 02 2010
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I would like to remind people here to be very careful about what they believe. I have heard a lot about Tibetans making up stories to suit western ears. Recently I found more evidence of this in Robert Barnett’s essay ‘Women and Politics in Contemporary Tibet’. You can read it online here through googlebooks:

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=DPlbN63QYEEC&pg=PA286&lpg=PA286&dq=many+many+women+crying+tibet&source=bl&ots=PERq4WwRLG&sig=UZoK3qla1iUbkaJXhBeO3RL_O80&hl=en&ei=uHx_S_XWF4Hg7APrnLTFBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=many%20many%20women%20crying%20tibet&f=false

Barnett is a lecturer in International and Public Affairs and coordinator of Columbia University’s Modern Tibetan Studies Program; therefore a trustworthy source. In his essay he describes this deceit, by a Tibetan woman in this case, as “performing her nation…by presenting a narrative that establishes her as part of the extended Tibetan body politic and identifies her within a history of nationality oppression and resistance.” Barnett then goes on to say that Tibetans are able to buy copies of a particular event that occurred in Lhasa many years before and that some Tibetans use this “regurgitated story” to gain asylum in the USA, he writes; “Accounts of that event can be bought from tutors in New York to be memorized by asylum seekers”. The purchasable story is based on this event covered in the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/1987/10/04/world/china-denounces-tibetan-leader-as-responsible-for-violent-protest.html?pagewanted=all

I wish not to promote that these abuses do not happen, but we do need to question just how many of the forced sterilizations and other accounts of torture and so forth coming out of Tibet are fabricated to gain support and assistance from a sympathetic yet gullible audience.

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