Skip to comments.What They're Really Fighting for in Tibet
Posted on 03/23/2008 7:06:55 PM PDT by Zhang Fei
On a winter night not long ago, I walked through the glowing doorway of Lhasa's newest nightclub, Babila, for an interview with its owner, a Chinese entrepreneur. Disco balls spun from the ceiling. Fiber-optic strands of plastic beads drizzled down like rain to a long, sleek stainless steel bar. On the stage, dancers in stiletto heels and lingerie gyrated to thumping music. "Tibetan culture is so deeply rooted here," the owner told me. "I don't think it will be diluted -- it's important for business." Yet looking around, I saw no Tibetan employees, and Tibetans represented only a smattering of customers. The bar served mostly Chinese businessmen and army officers, whose tabs could run as high as $2,000, several times the per capita income in Tibet. The nightclub owner's comments underscored the problem Tibetans have with Chinese rule. Their culture has been packaged for tourism. Business is booming. But they aren't getting any of the bounty. This, more than violations of human rights and religious freedom, is what fueled the riots in Lhasa and across Tibetan areas that started on March 14 -- the largest and most violent protests since an uprising in 1959, when Tibetans rebelled against Chinese rule. Today, Tibetans stand at an economic threshold, about to be overwhelmed by the tsunami of China's great expansion in ways that may ultimately be more devastating than the previous decades of repressive rule. It is certainly true that human rights abuses continue in Tibet, including imprisonment and torture, the banishment of Tibetans from their farmland, and draconian restrictions on activities and thought within the monasteries. And it is these restrictions that may have sparked this latest resistance. But the mayhem in Lhasa was most notable for its focus on the symptoms of the economic shift.
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This is the time not just for Tibet for China as a whole, a revolution for liberation.
Sounds like a Chinese version of the 1992 LA riot.
Communist Chinese “culture” is an abomination.
Communist China’s influence on Tibet’s culture is much the same poison as Nazi Germany’s on Austria following the Anschluss..
That sums up Chinese arrogance very well. For them the Tibetans don't really exist.
I seem to remember but cannot find documentation - that Chinese who settled in Tibet were allowed two children, versus one in the rest of China. A reward of one more kid for settling in and breeding out the Tibetans?
But I don’t remember if the Tibetans were held to the one child rule.
the same 1,000s year old gradual ethnic genocide the han chinese have been practicing since they solidified their first mainland empire
the red commies didn’t invent this, they simply continue it
10,000 - 1,000 years ago it was various sectors of south-eastern and southern ‘china’
today it’s the tybetans and the uighurs
many now-dominant groups in southeast asian countries used to reside mostly, 1,000s of years ago, in southern ‘china’
forced out by the han empire builders they moved further south and forced out many of the indengenous peoples of southeast asia - like the hmong and others who earlier dominated vietnam and laos
It’s a bit different — for all the Nazi’s did to Austria, remember that Austria was essentially Southern German in culture. Tibetan culture is distinct from Chinese and they are ethnically different —> more like what the NAzis tried to do to Poland and Russia: make it the German lebenstraum