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Campus and local Tibetans ready to protest

The Olympic Torch is due in San Francisco tomorrow. During the European leg of the torch’s world tour, events were disrupted by protestors demonstrating against China’s rule over Tibet. Now it’s the turn of the Tibetan community in the Bay Area.

For days and weeks, dozens of young Tibetans and their families have prepared for this week’s Olympic protests throughhours-long meetings, training sessions, e-mails and prayer. They have also used technology to call upon thousands of peers — from as far as Minnesota, Connecticut, Utah and Canada — to travel to San Francisco as China’s Olympic torch passes through on Wednesday.

Dateline editor Clifton Parker interviewed student activist Tenzin Youdon, as well as history professor Don Price and psychologist Phil Shaver last week. Shaver met the Dalai Lama in 2004 at a meeting of Western scientists studying the mind and Buddhist monks, held at the Tibetan compound in Dharamsala, India.

Some local Tibetans fled the country recently; others have grown up in exile. UC Davis graduate Nyendak Wangden, for example, grew up in India before moving to the U.S..

Wangden feels both removed and connected to Tibet’s problems, and her devotion to the issues has grown with age, she said. As a student of Albany High School several years ago, she helped start a Tibetan culture club.

Now, the aspiring neurobiologist and graduate of the University of California, Davis, is involved with the activist group Students for a Free Tibet.

“Every Tibetan is an ambassador of Tibet,” Wangden said. “We have to be well-informed.”

Youdon was also quoted in coverage by the Sacramento Bee.

6 Responses to Campus and local Tibetans ready to protest

  1. Chinese says:

    Chinese are ready to protect the Olympic Torch!!!!!! Tibet (Xizang) was, is and will be always part of China. This cannot be changed by YOU.

  2. Jingmin Zhou says:

    Tibet-China: Tensions between truth and lies

    By Truth Talks

    “Isn’t it misleading and biased by only giving a
    one-sided story?”

    This is the response of graduate student Jingyu Kang,
    after he read the UC Davis Dateline story “Tibet-China:
    Tensions on `the roof of the world’”. Jingyu says that
    the so-called “truth” presented in the story “is sheer
    bias and selected blinding” because “Much of the content
    of this article is based on the account of Tenzin Youdon,
    a Tibetan in exile, who is not any expert at all, and
    obviously not neutral towards this issue as well.”

    Like many Chinese students here on campus, Jingyu
    questioned how Tenzin Youdon, a Tibetan in exile in the
    story, drew the conclusion that Chinese security forces
    have killed more than 140 Tibetans during the recent
    violent demonstrations in Lhasa. He pointed out that
    Youdon did not provide the source of this allegation. He
    also pointed out the obvious contradictions in Youdon’s
    story: “If Tibet was completely shut off from the outside
    world, as she has also said, how did she, or anyone, get
    this figure?”

    Jingyu further accused Youdon for her unfaithful stories.
    For example, Youdon said “the Chinese released videos of
    Tibetans breaking and burning shops in Lhasa, but not
    once have they shown how they are killing Tibetans”.
    Indeed, as Jingyu pointed out, “most of the videos were
    taken by western tourists, not Chinese. They also have
    captured Chinese riot police in their videos, but they
    were rescuing people, shielding stones from rioters, not
    killing Tibetans.”

    Jingmin Zhou, an alumni of UC Davis, said based on his
    own research on the Tibet issue, he believed that “Dalai
    Lama and the Tibet Government in Exile are repeatedly
    lying about numerous things (the truth in Tibet), with
    the evidence from academic research papers, contraversals
    of Dalai Lama and the Tibet Government in Exile’s own
    words, western media, etc…”. Thus, He “feel deeply
    regret to see the article” because he “only see one side
    of the discussions. Therefore, such an article can hardly
    be called ‘objective’ if not ‘unbiased’.”

    “As a former science graduate student, my training at UC
    Davis tend to make me discuss about things based on solid
    evidence. Unfortunately, I do not see this is the case in
    this article.”

    Jingmin provided many evidences to backup his arguments.
    For example, he referred Dr. Goldstein’s book “The Snow
    Lion and the Dragon: China, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama”
    to refute the well-known propoganda of so-called “genocide”:
    “… the exile leadership … continued to attack Chinese
    policies and human rights violations in Tibet, often going
    beyond what the actual situation warranted; for example,
    with charges of Chinese genocide.” He also demonstrated
    that Dalai Lama and the Tibet Government in Exile is lying
    about the birth-control in Tibetan using Dr. Goldstein’s
    research paper “China’s Birth Control Policy in the Tibet
    Autonomous Region: Myths and Realities”: “In conclusion,
    then, we found no evidence of such limitations as have been
    claimed on the reproductivity of the nomadic and agricultural
    populations we studied in Tibet. There were no roving
    sterilization teams, and no forced abortions and infanticide
    in either Phala or Nyare. Quite the contrary, fertility was
    high. While reproductive limits have clearly been placed on
    Tibetan cadre in the cities in the 1980s, and on the urban
    ‘masses’ in 1990, the bulk of Tibetans who live in rural
    farming and nomadic areas appear to have had no restrictions
    as of 1990.”

    In addition, Jingmin pointed out that the western media
    often selectively report and manipulate negative news about
    China. Jingmin gives such an example. When Tibet Government
    in Exile spokeman Dawa Tsering laughably defines his term of
    “non-violence” as beating a person as far as not taking the
    life of that person and uses it as the excuse of the violence
    in Lhasa, the western media choose silence all together.
    Ironically, they focus on reporting the “brutal crackdown” by
    the Chinese police force, which in fact turn to be happening
    in other country.

    Indeed, “Just go to anti-cnn.com, we can see how western
    media reported Tibet issues: 1) repeatedly use photos from
    other countries to show “brutal crackdown by the Chinese
    government”; 2) repeatedly cut photos and interpret partial
    images in a completely different meaning; 3) repeatedly
    ignore facts on photos and interpret them differently.”

    The Chinese students at UC Davis, says Jingyu, “are very
    concerned or even angry about this biased article.” There
    are heated discussions about this article among them, and
    many have mailed the editor of this article to show their
    strongest objections against the bias and ignorance shown
    in the article. Many Chinese students are planning to
    organize a protest on campus. “We need to take the initiative
    to fight for the truth of Tibet!” Says Bowen, a Chinese
    student at UC Davis. Meanwhile, Xiaoheng, a Ph.D. student
    called for a voluntary committee to handle this incident
    and give seminar to introduce the faithful truth about
    Tibet.

    “The opinions of a few persons were spoken out but the
    opinions of more than thousand Chinese here at UC Davis
    were ignored.” Said Yongfeng, a Ph.D student.

    However, these students are aware of the possible silence
    from the University newspaper. “Of course, the author, or
    the the school can continue to ignore our voices, just as
    most of the western media are doing this time”, said Jingyu.
    “But, I think, for a highly reputable university with a
    rigid academic standard (not media like CNN or FOX), putting
    such a biased, facts-lacking and misleading article as the
    headline of its website, is a shame.”

    We, all people seeking for truth, will wait and see.

  3. Jingmin Zhou says:

    Please take a look at the following discussions for some insights of the Tibet issue. I think M.A.Jones showed more knowledge on Tibet issue than history professor in our campus!

    http://discussions.pbs.org/viewtopic.pbs?t=68073&sid=ce0b20590dd445725153c83b5ef21c7f

  4. yu says:

    Dear Davis Dateline Editor,

    I have a few questions for you. What is the dateline offical position on tibet? Does the dateline agree that tibet is part of China? If yes, please make that statement clearly. Does the dateline support the independence of tibet? If yes, please make that statement clearly as well.

  5. Chang says:

    Tibet is free

    **Forwarded Article from BCSSA (Berkeley Chinese Students and Scholars Association)**

    The short history of Tibet before 17th century
    The first Tibetan tribe leader (Zan Park) came to Tibet sitting on 12 tribashamen’s necks, thus, he was called Gnamri slonmtshan, the throne on the necks. He started the Tubo tribe and lasted 32 generations until the 33rd Zan Park Songtengambo unified other Tibetan tribes and established the Tubo kingdom. Songtsengambo married the Chinese Tang Princess Wencheng who introduced Buddhism to Tibet. Since then Buddhism began to spread in Tibet and Buddhism later immerged with Tibetan original religion Bemboism as Lamaism. Buddhism was vigorously promoted by kings after Songtsengambo. King Trisongdedsen even converted himself as a Buddhist monk and established many more monasteries. However, Buddhism also aroused dissatisfaction in other Tibetan nobilities and Trisongdedsen was murdered. King Langdama came to power and he began to eliminate the influence of Buddhism in Tibet, monasteries were destroyed and monks were forced to leave, those activities eventually led to his assassination by Buddhists. Tubo royal family declined and wars between nobilities and lords lasted for more than 400 years while Buddhism in Tibet had little development.

    In the 13th century, Basiba established the priest-king reign of Sachyaba Kingdom with the support of Mongolian Emperor Jinghiz Khan. It came along with Pachu Kingdom and Gema Kingdom, and finally in the middle of the 17th century, the fifth Dalai Luosangjia was canonized by the Qing Emperor Kangxi. This finally consolidated the rule of the priest-king government of Lamaism in Tibet and also Beijingís full authority over Tibet.

    After 17th century: Dalai Lama’s reincarnation
    Living Buddha reincarnation of Tibetan Lamaism is different from other schools of Buddhism as the most obvious characteristic. The system of Living Buddha reincarnation of the Dalai Lama was founded in the 17th century and that for Panchen Lama was in 1713. Qingís officers canonized 160 Living Buddha by the end of the Qing Dynasty. Since Qing Dynasty, both Panchen Lama and Dalai Lama were selected by the gold urn presented by Beijing imperial authorities, while the original document by Emperor Qianglong clearly stated the selection of Dalai Lama and the other living Buddha was to eliminate the family-based control of the priest-king reign in Tibet. The two valves signed urns, one for the Dalai Lama and one for the Panchen Lama, were used for the identification of the reincarnated soul boy, are now kept in the Potala Palace in Lhasa. The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Jiaze, born in 1935 in Huangzhong County, Qinghai, was also selected by the golden urn and finally canonized by the government of the Peopleís Republic of China in 1940.

    Notification by Emperor Qianlong for using the Golden Urn in the Selection of Living Buddha

    Tibet ruled by Dalai Lama
    Under the rule of the feudal priest-king government of Tibet, less than 5% of the population was nobilities, upper class monastery monks who occupied all the farms, grassland, forests of Tibet and the vast majority of livestock, while more than 60% were serfs of monasteries and the feudal lords. Serf owners took the serfs as their own property; they could use the serfs for gambling, mortgaging, selling or even being killed for ceremonies. As one piece of evidence, before 1951, human organs were often used for religious activities. The following picture was a letter sent from a monastery in Lhasa to a local officer.

    [Pictures unable to be pasted in this comment]

    1. “Governor Redao:
    For His Holiness Dalai Lama’s birthday, the staff in the monastery is going to read the 15th Shelter Verse. For the completion of the ceremony, please supply the monastery with a wet intestine, two humane heads, fresh blood and a whole humane skin, please sent here immediately. ”

    2. Bone flutes used in a monastery in Lhasa, made by virginsí legs.

    In Songtsengampoís time the population of Tibet once reached nearly 10 million, however, it reduced dramatically since Lamaism priest-king ruled over Tibet. According the census in 1951 Tibetan population was 1.15 million, 28â death per annul, infant mortality 43.0 â, average life expectancy was 35.5 years.

    There are so many things to talk about what happen nowadays in Tibet. To conclude this short message, the person who betrayed his country has to justify his reason of leaving. That is what happens to those pre-Tibetan serf owners and lords fled in 1959. If you want to know a culture well, you should go there to visit the place and talk to the people who are still living there to enjoy their happiness and freedom today.

  6. Andy says:

    I should add that Chinese students from UC Davis also turned out in San Francisco today in support of the Olympic torch, according to this report from the Associated Press and this from the New York Times.

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