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Readers' Comments on ""The Psychology of Tibetan Inaction (the Tortoise Gets Run Over)""
Dharamsala, like all political centers, is awash in games. Nevertheless, I hope that a more mainstream audience will hear what I have to say, considering the merit of my points rather than my lack of power or prestige....
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dramnyen  

Location: usa
Subject: problem #1
Aug 20 2012 07:17 PM

Problem #1 is the cause of all Tibetan problems. It is what stopped Tibet from making rapid changes to our country and establishing diplomatic connections to the world between 1913 to 1959, when we could and should have done it. And it is the problem that stops us today from taking full responsibility for our own needs and actions in a realistic manner.
And nobody in our society, the Kashag or the Parliament is addressing this critical Tibetan weakness. Today's CTA is as uninformed and clueless as the Kashag of the 1930s.
ugyanc  

Location: Germany
Subject: Inspiring Article
Aug 20 2012 04:03 PM

Hello Brent A Werner
first of thankyou very much for your inspiring Article...I can feel your emotion through out your writing and the last line
'For this, and more sentimental reasons, I will no longer sell any of my few books on Tibet. When I am old, and my daughters' family line is thinning out with non-Tibetan blood, I will produce these texts to teach my grandchildren about their heritage, and the marvelous nation of people that once upon a time…..were Tibetan.'
made me completely emotional...keep up your good work and keep inspiring us...
regard
Ugyanc
omze  

Location: nz
Subject: generations to come
Aug 20 2012 12:47 PM

It is the responsibility of all Tibetans, half Tibetans etc to ensure the culture, language and history of Tibet is kept alive within each family. It matters not a jot if they marry outside of Tibetan. There are many cultures, ie Maori in NZ, that have suffered others trying to erode their ancestry and they have made sure that their culture is kept intact not just in NZ but all Maori living elsewhere. Non Tibetan also must take this responsibility to ensure their future generations are well and accurately informed. No matter how long it takes to go home to a free Tibet, ,language, Tibetan art and craft, traditional cooking skills, etc must be in tact to take with which ever generation the responsibility falls to.
brentwerner  

Location: virginia, usa
Subject: thinning of tibetan blood
Aug 20 2012 06:34 AM

ykdrolma,

Thanks very much for taking the time and interest to comment. I apologize for a lack of clarity in terms of the implications of "thinning" the bloodlines. I actually agree, for the most part, with your points. What I meant to emphasize was that as my daughters grow older, seeing as they are in America, more than likely they will not have a spouse of Tibetan descent. In all likelihood, some of my grandchildren will be half Tibetan, and the others will be one quarter Tibetan. Should that continue, at some point, our Tibetan ancestry will be sort of a remote memory, just like the historical Independence of Tibet, and the very existence of the Tibetan people (unless CTA institutes a legitimate plan of action). My reference to the gradual thinning (and eventual elimination) of the bloodline was not meant to connote any sense of ethnic superiority or anything like that. The reference was rather meant to highlight how the gradual extinction of all things Tibetan will likely take place with the current course charted by CTA. I hope this clarifies my point. As long as my daughters have compassionate and good husbands, I wouldn't give a damn whether they are Black, White, Brown, Yellow, Red, or Purple, for that matter. I'd even accept a mainland Chinese man, as long as he was intelligent enough to understand the historicity and necessity of Tibetan freedom, and checked out with a clean slate, and not one of the innumerable CCP spies active abroad! (funny, but true.) But fortunately, for me, these questions are still a part of the distant and unpredictable future. You take care, and thanks again for caring about the issue enough to make your point, and highlight my failure to communicate that particular point clearly.
ykdrolma  

Location: Dharamsala
Subject: thinning of the blood?
Aug 19 2012 06:45 PM

Brent, as I am too a non-Tibetan with Tibetan family in India, I read your piece with interest. you make some interesting points in it, which I will leave others to debate. Congratulations though, it takes courage for a non-Tibetan to wade into the 'games' in Dharamsala.

The one thing I found a bit disappointing was towards the end of the article where you equated the mixing/thinning of 'Tibetan' with 'non-Tibetan' blood (whatever that means!) with losing one's 'Tibetanness'. This view not only veers dangerously close to an idea of ethnic purity but also misses the point which is that the Tibet issue is not really about ethnicity at all, but about basic freedoms to speak one's native language, practise a religion of one's choosing, continue and celebrate one's native culture and to progress and grow independently within a territory of land in the absence of outside force and hostility.
Other than that, good to see a non-Tibetan getting in on the public debate!
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