Archive for September, 2009

Old Tibet was happier, Tibetans say in new video from Tibet

September 25, 2009

Dharamsala, Sept 25: In a new video interview from Tibet released Friday, Tibetans say there was more freedom and happiness in old Tibet prior to China’s rule and blame Communist China of causing unprecedented misery to the people of Tibet during the last five decades of its rule.

Ven. Golog Rinchen Sangpo speaking on the making of his interview video in Tibet during a press conference organised by DIIR in Dharamsala, September 25, 2009,(Photo: TibetNet/Sangay Kep) The video, based on interview conducted by a 39-year old Tibetan Buddhist monk following the 2008 unrest in Tibet, shows elderly Tibetans speaking fearlessly against China’s repressive and discriminatory policies against Tibetan people since China took complete control over Tibet in 1958.

An edited version of the video was released by the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile at a press conference here this morning.

The video interview was conducted by Rinchen Sangpo, a monk of Tongkyab Monastery in Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (TAP) in Amdo (Ch: Qinghai) Province. Rinchen, who presided over the press conference, said he interviewed a large number of Tibetans from all walks of life in Machen (Ch: Maqin) County and Gade (Ch: Gande) County in Golog throughout October 2008.

Rinchen, who spent his entire life in Tibet before escaping into India last year, said he was encouraged by his conviction to tell the reality and truth about Tibet to the outside world “after experiencing and witnessing decades of repression, economic marginalisation and ecological negligence of Tibetan areas” under the Chinese occupation. He said he finally sought the views of 15 interviewees on three issues: ‘What was the old world look like?’, ‘What sufferings they endured under the current Chinese government?’ and ‘What actually happened in 1958?’

In the video, the interviewees, all aged between 57 and 87, say the people of Tibet comparatively enjoyed more freedom and comfortable life prior to Chinese invasion of their country. They say their situation deteriorated dramatically under the Chinese rule. They complain that in the name of economic development, the Chinese government is carrying out systematic destruction of Tibet’s unique culture, language, religion and natural resources.

In the video, the interviewees even recount untold suffering, saying hundreds and thousands of Tibetans, including their near ones, either went missing or were killed under Communist China’s invasion.

As China mounted systematic oppression on Tibetans over the years, interviewees say, thousands more died due to torture, starvation or were driven to under extremely unbearable situation.

Speaking against China’s propaganda on Tibet, particularly the campaign of denouncing His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the interviewees openly express hope of Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet and reunion with their compatriots in exile.

A press release by the DIIR said the video is a “fresh testimonies of Tibetans living in Golog, Tibet’s Amdo Province detailing China’s repression on every aspect of Tibet’s identity for the last five decades of its rule”.

Rinchen arrived in India with his interview video at the end of December 2008. He said he was forced to escape Tibet before even completing his video interview entirely. According to him, Chinese government became aware of his secretive work and had issued an arrest warrant against him.

He said his video interview is a result of “whatever little work that he could accomplish in Tibet”.

“The ultimate objective and hope of the Tibetans inside Tibet is that they are eagerly awaiting reunion with their compatriots in exile and the day when His Holiness the Dalai Lama will return to Tibet,” Rinchen said in his local Golog dialect.

“Tibetans in Tibet don’t follow the Chinese government’s propaganda that His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibetans in exiles are not separatists. They know that Chinese communists are the real separatists dividing Tibetan people,” Rinchen said at the press conference.

“In Tibet, Tibetan people pray everyday to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama and hear his voice,” Rinchen said.

Rinchen said that Tibetans took to the street in March last year in a “sincere gesture of opposing the Chinese government’s wrong policies” in Tibet.

“Therefore, when Chinese authorities set up false campaign accusing His Holiness the Dalai Lama of instigating the unrest, Tibetan people could not take it any longer. So Tibetans from all three provinces of Tibet voluntarily and in unison rose up against the Chinese government,” Rinchen said.

Rinchen Sangpo was born in Akyong, village in Golog, Amdo. In 1965, he went to the village primary school as a child. At 14, he was ordained as a monk at the Tongkyab Monastery and remained there until 2008.

Rinchen Sangpo is credited with setting up two primary schools in Tibet’s Amdo Province. He said Chinese authorities closed down one of the schools two years ago.

Thupten Samphel, information secretary at the DIRR, commended Rinchen for his selfless work. By conducting the video interview and bringing it out of Tibet, Samphel said Rinchen had sacrificed everything and even risked his own life for the cause of Tibet.


Dalai Lama Prays for Typhoon Victims in Taiwan

September 9, 2009

The Dalai Lama held a prayer ceremony in Taiwan on Tuesday, September 1st for victims of last month’s typhoon as part of his visit. He led prayers before addressing a crowd of 10,000 at Kaohsiung stadium in the country’s south. He arrived on Sunday, August 30th to comfort victims of the island’s worst typhoon in 50 years, triggering floods that killed more than 700 people. But the visit has drawn condemnation from the Chinese Commnist Party. The Dalai Lama said he was not in Taiwan for political reasons. [Dalai Lama, Tibetan Spiritual Leader]: “The purpose of me being here today is because of the recent typhoon

Six-Year-Old Chinese Girl Dreams of Being a Corrupt Official

September 8, 2009

I thought this was amazing story to share. This is the reality of today’s greedy society and the effect felt now on 6 years old Chinese girl. Read it and share your opinion……..

A short video posted on NanDu.Net, a Chinese news website, featuring a six year old girl from Guangzhou City has become the talk of China. When asked about her ideal life, the first grader proudly announced that she dreamed of becoming “a corrupt official, as they have lots of property.” The video was soon being discussed throughout the major media and Internet forums.
By late Sept. 2, the video had already received 14,000 hits, but was soon blocked and later deleted by the website. NanDu.Net had set up a poll for viewers to vote on how they felt about the video; the majority said it “accurately reflected the reality of Chinese society.”

”This six-year-old girl can see the nature of our society,” said Guangzhou attorney Liu Shihui in an interview with The Epoch Times. “I very much admired her vision. She got right to the point. Unfortunately, it also shows how poisoned the next generation of the country has become. These little souls have been led astray; this is awful.”

An anonymous writer from Guangzhou doesn’t believe that the video is that unusual for China nowadays. He believes that the little girl’s parents probably have shown envy towards China’s corrupt officials.

“There is a popular saying nowadays: ‘being a corrupt official is equal to winning the lottery,’ said the writer. “As a Chinese Governmental official you can have anything you want. Your privilege knows no limits.”

He also mentioned that most officials don’t even need to touch money. Instead, they simply accept houses or vehicles, which is even easier.

“Ordinary people can tolerate these corrupt officials much more than they used to. Now, if you mention to someone how much an official was bribed, this person won’t be shocked at all. This kind of thing has become perfectly normal,” he explained.

“Corruption in China … everyone knows this happens, but no one talks about it,” said one video viewer. “This kid is extraordinary. She’s so young but she already understands the situation.”

“Super! She’s that young, and already understands how the world works. She will be someone when she grows up,” said another viewer commenting on the video.

“She’s right! Being a corrupt official is a good life. I want to be one too. Low risk, high profit. Who wouldn’t want that life?” another viewer said.

“Isn’t this how our country really is? Everybody hates and curses these corrupt officials, yet they all want to be just like him,” remarked one viewer.

“This is so sad! Our morality has fallen so low, and our society is on the brink of collapse. Just look at how severely it has impacted the mental health of the children,” another viewer replied.

“It’s so nice to be a corrupt official. You can have a car, house, money, enjoy high social status, and all the right connections. You can have more women … you may even have someone birth a son for you when you’re 60 years old,” mentioned one viewer.

Read the original Chinese article.

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Sep 7, 2009