Letters to the West

seven years in Tibet-in-Exile (and counting …)

True or False: If the West knew more about Tibet …

Much of the activity around the Tibetan cause is a lot of effort towards “telling the west about the Tibetan issue”, with the assumptions that

  1. The west has the power to do something about it
  2. The west just doesn’t know, or they would do something
  3. Once the people and the powers in the west know,
    they will leap into action and save Tibet

While i am certainly not saying that anyone should stop reaching out to the west, i got my eyes opened recently about what the west does know, and has known for a long time:

At the New York Times website, you can query their archives way back to 1851.
http://query.nytimes.com/search/query?query=tibet&srchst=p gives us 8,932 results: detailed stories as the holocaust was (and is) happening.

At the Time Magazine website, there is a nice story at http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,864579,00.html, dated April 20, 1959, telling the story of His Holiness
Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet. It also has a good summary of the history of the Chinese invasion of Tibet.

So. Not only “they” knew while it was all happening, it was already being romanticised, made into a “story”, an entertainment.

This is really interesting. It is food for thoughts on society, psychology, and history. Food for a thesis, for a philosophy, for a doctorate …
for more talk talk talk and no action.

“ Buddhism and the colourful Tibetan culture may be selling in the west. There is no taker for the real issue: Tibet’s freedom. ”
— Tenzin Tsundue

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Written by walker

19 September 2007 at 12:15 pm

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