- Posted August 19, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Life in China
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Will what was Tibetans' homeland become Han Chinese homeland?
The world and Tibetans see these statistics less as a tourism promotion but more as a deliberate attempt to erase their distinctive culture and identity. But to Han Chinese, that as their official slogan which is Tibetan is by definition Chinese, just as Tibetan dynasty is by definition part of the grand story of Chinese dynasty.
While the high number of visitors may be seen as some sceptics as a good thing, an increase of rich spending money in Tibet, furthering economic growth and helping Tibetan shop owners, you should take note that most will stay in international hotels run by Chinese and in shops run by, you guessed it, Chinese. In major security sweeps of the Tibetan capital Lhasa in last year, thousands of Tibetans were expelled from the city, while arriving tens of thousands of Chinese, actively discriminated against Tibetan people through various actions- is an example of human rights violations including arbitrary arrests and detention, torture and language rights.
For thousands of years, the Lhasa holy city where those who making a pilgrimage freely, now do routinely find themselves turned away from hotel rooms and holy sites the moment they produce their ID card that displays their identification as Tibetan. If this is the regime's orientalism, Tibet apart from the Chinese made 'Paradise' that persist in the world.
The numbers may be inflated by including the substantial floating population of Han Chinese who come to Tibet to make money. Not only do they go back and forth the policy trying ensure continuation of benefits for Hans who may no longer need the eligibility requirements. Chinese presence has been primarily urban, but Tibetans are now forcing to move to rural areas.
Whether intentional or not, if the regime continues its repressive policy, perhaps it will finally, what the red army began over 50 years ago: the occupation of Tibet by the Han Chinese. It fearely true that China wants only Tibet and not Tibetan people.
But for Tibetans, its an equal attention to the colonisation policies, that changing the image of Tibet in the minds of world. Its a clear message that control of the Tibet and its economy is in Han Chinese hands and that Tibetans have little if any say in the future of their country. The scale of these Chinese population transfers however has sparked numerous protests by Tibetan communities. Over 7.5 million Chinese now reportedly live in Tibet alongside six million Tibetans.
The 3 per cent that aren't Chinese tourists coming to visit by train or by air are subjected to requirements and strict observation to secure the international illusion that Tibetans are better off with China. What a tragedy that the few foreign tourists such as this have no chance to explore the reality beyond the cosmetic deceptions on display. Apart from this worrying abdication of moral awareness, in pursuit of personal adventure and economy satisfaction, those who visit Tibet should be aware that in so doing they are supporting an increasingly dominant Han Chinese presence, particularly not for exchanging between economy and Human Rights for the sake of justice around the world.
Tibet had some arguable credence 50-years ago, when there was less global awareness and understanding of the situation inside Tibet. However, now the nature and degree of cultural genocide and suppression waged upon Tibet has become internationally known, the Internet, mobile technology, and the courageous efforts of Tibetans have enabled a fuller exposure of life inside Tibet. News of self-immolation protests, arrests, instances of torture, arrest and killings are reported almost immediately, which raise serious questions to the world that a nation under the draconian grip of a totalitarian regime. At the same time, we mush speak with one voice for the struggle like we used to, for without all us, those with a voice that can be heard, Tibetans in Tibet will remain in this cultural and economic wasteland China wishes to create for us.