Acme of Obscenity

Review of book The Making of Modern Tibet by Tom Grunfeld.

If the printed word could physically emit a stink, then this book would reek not only of dung and putrefaction but the charnel house as well. All the usual words of condemnation: scurrilous, disgusting, abominable, are inadequate to censure the man and his work.

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Discussing Tibet, Without BS

Review of book China’s Tibet? Autonomy or Assimilation by Warren W. Smith Jr.

Smith is clearly aware of the numerous mistakes and even cupidity of the Tibetans in their dealings with China, but correctly sees these as secondary, sometimes even irrelevant to the overpowering reality of China’s brutal occupation and relentless assimilation of Tibet.

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In Exile

An old man below a weeping willow / Hears the wind whipping / The leafless branches / Hanging down

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It’s not the economy, stupid!

In spite of the unmistakable political message from Lhasa, there were attempts in the Western media to interpret the protests largely in economic terms – Tibetan dissatisfaction growing from the absence of economic opportunities.

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Barefoot Experts

Even in the 90s rural Chinese had been so turned off by such official health-care that they were reverting to treatment by traditional “witch doctors”.

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Tibet does not exist, Tibet does exist

When I googled “Dreaming Lhasa” in Chinese, most entries were advertisements for a trip called “Dreaming Lhasa” sponsored by travel agencies all over China.

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Tibetan Poetry Down the Ages

The increasingly stringent control imposed since 1994 by China on the works of Tibetan writers in Tibet has effectively muzzled the creative energy that has been oozing from the early eighties.

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Imagining Tibet

couldn’t help but to think about the paradox that become obvious as the conversation progressed. Here was this man, recounting his experiences about his pilgrimage to India, for him the land where Tibetan Buddhism came from, and a life-changing experience in many ways.

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An Anniversary Full of Contentions

If in future the Tibetan Government-in-Exile stops issuing politically important documents like the 10 March statement with their contents attributed to His Holiness, then we will have fulfilled the Dalai Lama’s assertion that His Holiness is now semi-retired and does not involve himself in active politics.

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