In this excerpt from his book The Struggle for Modern Tibet: The
Autobiography of Tashi Tsering, Tsering explains why he decided to stop
working with other exiled Tibetan activists in India. (He eventually returned
to Tibet to help set up schools to teach Tibetan culture.) As Tsering sees it,
the questions he has had to confront, and continues to try and reconcile, are:
To be Chinese or to be Tibetan? To acquiesce in China's sovereignty over Tibet,
or to resist? Can Tibet be modernized without sacrificing its culture?
In this August 1997 report, the State Department outlines China's "widespread
human rights abuses in Tibet" and its "intensified controls on religion and on
freedom of speech and the press for ethnic Tibetans."
A report from the Tibet Information Network which includes "China Admits Holding Panchen Lama 'For Protection'"
Reports from the Tibet Information
Network, including: "Dalai Lama Photographs Banned from Monasteries;" "1000 Monks
Face Expulsion in Lhasa Re-Education Drive;" "Nunnery and Monastery Closed Down;"
"Religious Policy Tightens;" "Pressure on Juveniles and Eastern Tibetans to Leave
From journalist Orville Schell's presentation at the 1990 ecology
conference, "Endangered Tibet."