Tibet and Tibetans... people without a country

For more history on Tibet, please see my OurCongress.US page on Tibet

and this page

 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/tibet/etc/cron.html

and study about Tibet HERE

  

Tibet, part one 

This blog post hopefully will give you some information and analysis on the challenges facing Tibet, the Tibetan people, and Tibetan culture.  In the 1950’s, China invaded Tibet and by 1959, the Dalai Lama as the young leader of Tibet and thousands of Tibetans fled Tibet and the Chinese Army.    

   I first heard of Tibet many years ago in school… learning of the nomads on the Tibetan Plateau  and their simple lifestyle.  Later I learned of the Sherpas and their amazing ability to work at high altitudes.  Since 1959, Tibetans have been without a country.  India showed and is showing much compassion having allowed Tibetans to form many communities.  As people fled Tibet, there was a need for a place for the children who were orphaned or left parents behind in Tibet.  The Dalai Lama formed the Tibetan Children’s Villages.  http://www.tcv.org.in/    For many years, hundreds of Tibetans were able to escape to Nepal or India.  Now the Chinese government has reduced that to a handful at best.  The nomads on the plateau are/have been relocated.  The Chinese government stated this would be completed by the end of 2014.  There are more Chinese in Tibet than Tibetans.  I compare the situation to that of the Jews in 1939 Germany.  The situation is Nepal is not much better.  Reports from Lhasa state that the former Tibetan capital, previously rich with Tibetan culture is now overwhelmed by tourists brought there by Chinese promoters.  Travel documents for Tibetans living in China/Tibet are now under threat.  Learn more  Google "Lhasa Tibet" to see how the Chinese government has influenced the world view.  The first hits are mostly tourism... then this.  By controlling the rivers in Tibet, the Chinese government can control the water to a substantial portion of the world's population, including nuclear powers India and Pakistan.  Rivers

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What can be done to change this situation?  Here is my brief plan for analysis:

1)  Examine the Chinese Government’s motivation

2)  How can we affect the Tibetan situation in Tibet?

3)  What is the current state of Tibetans outside of Tibet?  Where are they? 

4)  How can the Tibetan culture be preserved both inside and outside of Tibet?

5)  Internationally, what is the world’s attitude toward Tibet, Tibetans, and the Tibetan culture?  These need to be examined individually.

6) Most importantly, what do Tibetans desire?  What are their options?

In the coming entries I will look at these questions.  In the meantime, it is possible to explore and learn ourselves.  

A two hour drive will take you to Ottawa from where I live...  and there are Tibetans in other major cities too.  Seek them out and offer your friendship. 

Learn about what Canadians are doing by looking  at these links:

http://projecttibetsociety.ca/ottawa/

http://projecttibetsociety.ca/

http://trpo.aum.ca/welcome-tibetan-resettlement-project-ottawa

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ottawa-Tibetan-Community-Association/410883199063214?pnref=story

http://ottawatibetfilmfestival.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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