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An Address from the Tibetan "Obama"

An Address from the Tibetan "Obama"

0 by / on 19/01/2009, 20:15 / in Comment

High Peaks Pure Earth has discovered that a Tibetan has started a blog under the name of Obama and writes blogposts addressed to Tibetan readers (photo of the blog below). The blog is hosted on http://www.tibetcul.com, founded in 2003 by brothers Wangchuk Tseten (dBang phyug tshe brtan) and Tsewang Norbu (Tshe dbang nor bu) from Lanzhou, in Gansu Province. The […]

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A Proposal to Establish A Tibetan Language Primary School in Xining

A Proposal to Establish A Tibetan Language Primary School in Xining

1 by / on 01/12/2008, 21:30 / in Comment

High Peaks Pure Earth has translated a revealing blogpost written by someone calling themselves “The Messenger of the Land of Snow” (Chinese: 雪域使者 xueyu shizhe) and posted on their blog on 25th November 2008. Interestingly, the petition begins by pointing out that a Tibetan language school existed in Xining even during the rule of Ma Bufang and the Guomindang. Isn’t the […]

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A Sera Monk’s Petition to Hu Jintao

0 by / on 30/10/2008, 23:00 / in Comment

In the mid-1980s, unsuspecting tourists to Lhasa suddenly found Tibetans thrusting crumpled pieces of paper into their hands requesting them to pass them onto the United Nations. Sometimes these documents contained names of prisoners and others, written in florid style, detailed human rights abuses and appealed for the UN’s intervention. Such appeals barely made the news and were often seen […]

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China and the Recurring Genitive

China and the Recurring Genitive

3 by / on 26/10/2008, 18:38 / in Comment

There must be a psychological condition that describes an anxiety so acute that there is an overwhelming need to constantly state and re-state that something belongs to you – that you own something. Where does this need come from? How does it start? How can it be cured? First a little fun exercise, see if our readers can spot the […]

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One Year On… A Letter from Lhasa

One Year On… A Letter from Lhasa

0 by / on 16/10/2008, 23:55 / in Comment

It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since the Dalai Lama received the Congressional Gold Medal on 17th October 2007. I remember very clearly staying up and watching the ceremony online at a ridiculous hour because of the time difference. It has been a turbulent year for Tibet since then. Last weekend, as I was procrastinating from […]

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Chinese Spoken Here!

Chinese Spoken Here!

0 by / on 06/10/2008, 20:50 / in Comment

Although there is a vibrant Tibetan language publishing industry, there is still considerable pressure for Tibetans to learn and speak Chinese. Here are some pictures of banners hanging on the school gates of Lhasa. 1) I am a child of China, I like to speak Mandarin 2) Establish the Consciousness of Standard Language and Raise the Consciousness of National Culture […]

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Harry Potter Goes to Tibet

Harry Potter Goes to Tibet

10 by / on 05/10/2008, 20:08 / in Comment, News

Last week Forbes magazine announced that J.K Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, a story about a boy Wizard is the highest earning author and number one celebrity author in the world. Did we Tibetans contribute anything to this? It seems that the Tibetans will be making a modest contribution to her monthly income of three million dollars. I always […]

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Look Out for Tibetans and Uyghurs!

Look Out for Tibetans and Uyghurs!

2 by / on 30/09/2008, 17:58 / in Comment

This notice was seen in Beijing’s Haidian District and posted on a Tibetan’s blog on 30th September 2008. Haidian District is known as Beijing’s university district and is home to the Central University for Nationalities where most Tibetan students attend. Although posted online on this date, the notice is likely to have been placed in time for the August Olympic […]

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Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

0 by / on 29/09/2008, 19:34 / in Comment, News

We all heard of this quote Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics. I dont know the who uttered these words first. Some attribute this to Benjamin Disraeli, colourful 19th century British Prime Minister, others ascribe the quote to Walter Bagehot, who is regarded as the philosopher behind the modern Conversative Party. I think it may be been Bagehot, he was the […]

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Wen Jiabao’s interview with CNN

0 by / on 28/09/2008, 07:08 / in Comment

CNN was the hate target of angry Chinese nationalists during the Tibetan protests. In March 2008 during his visit to Vietnam, Wen Jiabao in his interviews with international press used the phrase “the Dalai Lama’ in contrast to the usual term Dalai or Dalai clique that was favouved by the Chinese state media. Wen Jiabao’s use of the phrase lead […]

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