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E K Kadiddlehopper from Chicago :

We all must live under a government! And we all only have one life! Why not make the best of it? It appears to me that you can purchase food, eat, travel freely, attend school, obtain employment and much else connected with life in Tibet. To give your life simply for a change in government certainly appears to be a complete and total waste!

Apr 03, 2013 08:43 AM

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Wales :

What the CCP party-state is trying to do to Tibetans seems to be similar to what Stalin tried to do to some non-Russian nationalities within the former USSR such as Lituanians, Latvians, Estonians, and Chechens. Instead of simply trying to physically annihilate them as Hitler tried to do to European Jews, Stalin sought to make those nationalities whom he suspected of disloyalty become minorities in their own homelands by incentivizing the in-migration of the majority (Russians) and the out-migration of the given minority (Balts, Chechens, etc.), along with discriminating against the minority nationalities in a variety of ways. The CCP regime has been doing something similar to Stalin to ethnic minorities within the PRC's Qing-empire-like borders.

Oct 30, 2012 11:44 AM

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Chica from Australia :

Thank you Woeser, I was in Lhasa a year ago and it was dreadful for me, a many-time visitor. But it was even worse for my Tibetan friends to be in public with a lone foreigner. I know just how brave you are - thank you for your story. Unless a few of us - here and there - continue to tell it, nobody will ever hear and Tibet will be gone forever. It is one thing for Westerners to support Tibetan refugees, it is another thing altogether to NEVER forget those millions left suffering in the homeland.

Oct 25, 2012 03:43 AM

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Elisabeth from Hamburg, Germany :

I am a German woman born in 1940 - so I know really much about what Wangchuk from NYC tells about the destiny of jews in Nazi Germany. He is quite right, Chinese politics towards Tibetans is exactly the same, extremely cruel, absolutely inhuman, but also conscious of what they are doing. Otherwise Chinese govt. would not be so anxious that the free world gets knowledge of all this.

Oct 22, 2012 11:59 AM

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Anon from Lhasa :

Woeser, The true Tibetan heroin

Oct 21, 2012 12:11 PM

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Wangchuk from NYC :

This is just what happened to Jews in Nazi Germany. German Jews were German citizens but the Nazis discriminated against them, forced them to wear yellow Star of Davids so they can be recognized & mistreated by officials. Tibetans are being mistreated & discriminated against by the Chinese authorities. Chinese people don't want to say anything b/c of fear of official reprisals so they ignore the evidence around them. It's also the racist attitude many Chinese have towards Tibetans viewing us as inferior barbarians. Tibet will never truly be free until the Chinese Govt is gone from Tibet.

Oct 20, 2012 11:48 AM

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Anonymous Reader from Gangtok :

Thank you for the translation and highlighting the hidden facts. I appreciate it very much.

Oct 20, 2012 10:38 AM

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E K Kadiddlehopper from Seoul :

Lhasa needs to be opened for International tourism! I am NOT concerned about political matters, but simply wish to visit the city for tourism purposes BY RAIL from Beijing. How can this be arranged for two foreigners with China visas??

Oct 20, 2012 04:57 AM

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RebeKunga from Seattle :

Of course you don't care about the political situation, you just want to be a selfish tourist! Guess what? In Lhasa you won't see authentic Tibetan life, you will see the Chinafied Disneyland version of it. Stay home!

Oct 24, 2012 02:05 PM

Chica from Australia :

Why, exactly, does Lhasa need to be open to tourists? Surely it should be open to Tibetans first and foremost. Don't be so won't see the "real" Tibet in Lhasa, that is gone.

Oct 25, 2012 03:47 AM

Anon :

That is the best translation of Woeser I have read. Please translate more of her work if ever you get the chance!

Oct 17, 2012 10:21 PM

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