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Tibet

April 7, 2008

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/08/world/europe/08torch.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin
I guess I just don’t understand how that helps Tibet.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 7, 2008 4:35 pm

    I guess it’s because there have been calls for the US and other countries to boycott the Olympics (hosted in Beijing this year), or at least not participate in the opening ceremonies, and so some protesters who understand (correctly) that that’s never going to happen have decided to take matters into their own hands.
    But I don’t see how this helps Tibet either.
    (I don’t see why Tibet should be helped. It’s a semi-autonomous region like any other, except that its local authorities are more repressive than most — should we make the Chinese leave so that the Tibetan authorities can repress their own people better? But what do I know, anyway.)

  2. April 7, 2008 4:46 pm

    Yeah I wanna grab one of our Chinese students at some to get a more informed opinion of Tibet. I just don’t get it at all…
    Seems a shame, though, that the torch got put out.

  3. April 7, 2008 8:57 pm

    You can’t ask a Chinese person about China, they’re totally biased!!!
    I’m not sure if this is still the case, but last year it was trendy for New Yorkers to hire Tibetan nannies:
    http://www.observer.com/2007/wanted-tibetan-nannies
    The largest museum of Tibetan artifacts is also in NYC — it’s basically this guy’s private collection, put out on public display. Perhaps because the political situation is once again revving up (a few weeks ago there were major protests by Tibetan monks against Chinese rule), Tibetan Cool, which has been a factor in US and European cultural spheres basically since some important sutras were translated into French, then English by societies formed expressly for that purpose in the 1800s, is reaching (or has reached) a kind of local maximum. I’m sure there are legitimate political grievances involved here, but I honestly feel that THIS (and good old-fashioned anti-sentiment) is what’s driving the bulk of the protesters. Otherwise, where are the protests for the rights of the Abkhazians? Setting aside the fact that Tibet is much larger, and that this year’s Olympics are being held in Beijing, and not in Tbilisi.

  4. Anonymous permalink
    April 7, 2008 9:00 pm

    good old-fashioned anti-sentiment
    Should have been “good old-fashioned anti-China sentiment”.
    *runs to work*

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