Your program is an addition to a string of recent China attacking events that
as an average American such as myself find overwhelming. As someone who has
had the opportunity to grow up in China and really get to know her and
America up close, I am deeply troubled by what I have read, heard and saw in
news. The surprising factor is that a lot of negativities and criticism come
from liberal saturated places, including the PBS.
Your program portrays Chinese people as merciless occupiers, the type of the
people that average Americans are taught to hate. May I say you have done a
I use to consider myself a liberal. No more. From now on, I will vote
Republican president, stop watching any movies starring Richard Gere, Brad
Pitt, Harrison Ford (he use to be my all time favorite actor), and turning off
PBS and NPR.
Just how much do you know about China or Tibet or its people? Not a damn
thing. Tibet has and will always remain a part of China, just like Alaska or
Hawaii is part of the U.S. Tibet or China is not a dream, as phrased by
director Martin in your interview, its home to billions of people whose
history, culture, religion and political system that are unfamiliar to
Westerners such as yourself. These same people are hard at work to make life
better for themselves today and in future. Your program shows nothing of the
Movies, arts, media, books are about politics here in the U.S. and for someone
such as myself who have lived in the country long enough, its hard to ignore
the players and their game plans. I am watching and I don't like what I saw.
You should stop manipulating the American people with your lies and
One Proud American
After watching the Dreams of Tibet I was saddened
by the history that China arrogantly assumes is their right
to create. I was also embarrassed by how little
I truly knew about this beautiful country. I
find it particularly disturbing that although
Tibet now enjoys mainstream media interest,
it is only due to the commercialism of Hollywood
and not as a visceral reaction to China's
The installation of a Chinese approved Panchen
Lama would not have been allowed by the western
world had it been but only one of the Cardinals in
the Catholic Church.
It is only in the wallet that China can be
forced to allow Tibet to create it's own
history. The Most Favored Nation status so
eagerly awarded to China is a trump card the
United States freely gives up year after year.
Keep up this form of intelligent reporting
I can't be the only one who doesn't know.
Santa Barbara, CA
As always, Frontline has been a good forum to present controversial
point of views through provoking documentaries. It has been a few times
that the Frontline offered it's time on the issue of Tibet.
Unfortunately, it has always been the opinion of the dissents' and the
West's. There has been no discussion of the Tibetan religious/political
system enjoyed by Dalai Lama. The lack of balanced discussion can only
reinforce the government in China to suspect that the sole purpose of
this discussion is to continue the century long attempt of the West to
separate Tibet from China. Like it or not, Tibet has been part of China,
be it how loosely "ruled" by the central government, for a very long
time. A title "China in Tibet" can only be perceived as offensive and
ignorant. It is interesting that Frontline has not showed any
documentary or advocating presentation that defines the triumph of the
latest Afghan regime as a result of the Dream of Culture.
I am very disappointed with this documentary film. It really lowered the quality of
Frontline to the level of Hollywood dreaming.
Since when Hollywood movie stars have become historians? Do you know the fact that
skin-peeling, eye-ball digging and ear-cutting are some of the common ruling
methods practiced by the Monks in Tibet in the old times (before 1950)? Such
information was well documented in the high school text books published in the
1940's by the then Nationalist Government (ROC) which is the enemy of the
Thank you so much for this highly informative program. It is marvelous to see this
kind of thing on public television. It is so timely with the various movies on
Tibetan Buddhism along with the heightened awareness of Tibet and its occupation by
the Chinese. In addition we have the Chinese summit which is currently taking
There is a growth of interest in things Buddhist, and it is invaluable for a
spiritually hungry public to be exposed to material of this kind. I have briefly
studied Tibetan Buddhism. I am a Christian Buddhist who includes aspects of each
philosophy into my daily prayer work and ongoing process of spiritual development.
Again, thank you for putting on this important and thoughtful program at this time.
I have followed the reports from Tibet for several years now and have read up on
it's history and customs quite considerably.
What China has been doing and in particular is doing in Tibet to the country and to
its people makes me very angry and sad.
I realize that China has a vast history itself, one of amazing beauty and clarity,
but so too does Tibet.
China was once a Buddhist country! Now it still is but only because its religious
leaders bowed to the communist leaders demands on its teachings.
The Dalai lama is not dead. He is very much alive. But his wishes are not allowed
to be done by his followers. Only in secret.
What is going to be done about this? We can not let another genocide of WW II,
Bosnian and Irish magnitude happen again. Only to name a few!
Once again the innocent and peaceful are trampled into the ground by the hoofs of
the power hungry.
Your show "Tibet" refers to recent Chinese films about the
country/province as "propaganda." No doubt.., but your Frontline report
comes close to matching that description in its largely uncritical
romance with the religious clerics of Tibet. Have American
producers/directors in Hollywood and at PBS forgotten that the idea of
secular democratic governance fought a long battle with feudalism
founded on religious certainties? And, have you forgotten the Iranian
revolution led by another seemingly attractive and mystical religious
leader? The film comes across as though you expect the Dali Lama to
install a pluralist democracy in Tibet. Don't bet on it.
As the Tibet story shows, mega-media corporations seem quite willing to let a
powerful story go untold (or be told in a way as appealing to authorities as
possible) in order to reap billions in China. It's not just entertainment, but
news as well, as the Fox network's dealings with China show. Maybe Tibet's meaning
to the world is that as media companies grow and merge (as Scorsese hinted), we all
will have to deal with more propaganda and censorship in the future. Thank you to
Frontline -- you are more important than ever!
I thought this evening's show well considered,
balanced, and informative. We are in grave
danger when we let political opportunists such
as the Clintons or Chiung-Tse-Min(sp) or Eisner
control our views. Tonight's show demonstrated
this view with clarity.
Since 1959 the Chinese government has treated
the Tibetans and their culture with greater
cruelty than the Nazis did the Jews. Our
denial is massive, and the Clintons are
spineless. They haven't a clue about human
We will suffer the effects of our lack of moral
courage as the Chinese continue to cheat us. They
are much more difficult traders than the wimps in
the White House could imagine.
David Lenfest, PhD
Los Alamos, NM
Thank you for adding a little more light on the ongoing struggles of the
Tibetan people. I was in Lhasa in 1996 and the Tibetans see Americans as
their greatest hope, but even during my short stay two Monks were killed
and fourteen imprisoned for openly displaying a picture of the Dali Lama.
In your program there was one important point you failed to
address...........why. Why did China take the position it has and why to
such extremes? Why does the U.S. and the rest of the world not take a clear
stand against the Chinese policies in Tibet? Is making more money by a
corporation or a country more important than basic human rights? How many
people are required to die or be tortured before the free people on this
earth take action? How many deaths of innocent people, (men, women and
children), are to many? How much money is to much to lose? When will we as
individuals ever see ourselves within another's misery?
Echoes of Nazi Germany are heard and seen throughout your program. Surly
the world will not allow that piece of human history be replayed again.
Thanks again for your efforts.
Mansfield Center, Ct.
An incredible presentation! My heart is heavy with sadness for the Tibetan people.
How is it we sit by and have allowed this to happen - and continue to do so?
Granting Favored Nation Status to China, is almost like giving them a reward for
what they have done in Tibet. To almost totally irradiate an entire people and
their rich history and culture in the name of money!!! How can we in good
conscience, support economic platforms with China after witnessing genocide in
Tibet? What SHAME!!
St. Louis, MO
China is a totalitarian regime intent on obliterating Tibet's traditional political,
cultural, and religious identity. Your program did an excellent job both in
exposing the attempts by the Chinese to stifle their activities within Tibet, and
by highlighting the stereotypical view of Westerner's regarding Tibet and it's
history and culture. However, before passing self-righteous judgment on Chinese
actions, Westerner's, particularly Americans, must look within themselves and their
own history in terms of cultural assimilation and annihilation of indigenous
peoples and cultures. History is only repeating itself.
American Indian culture and religion was not completely annihilated, but was
forever changed by the dominant culture's 400 year history of forced assimilation
and enculturation. As with American Indians, as long as there are survivors, the
Tibetan culture will adapt in order to survive in it's new circumstances, no matter
how brutal or tragic.
Francis F. Frazier, Lakota
Irving, New York
To start I thoroughly enjoyed your documentary on the struggles of the
Tibetan culture. I am however concerned on the continued holier than
now attitude the media and filmmakers portray this religion. Don't get
me wrong, the ideas and teachings of the Dahli Lama are something every
human should consider if not to follow but to understand the meaning and
purpose of life. I guess the purpose of this letter is to thank you for
an in-depth look on a mystery to many Americans, the Tibetan Buddhist
religion. I've often thought that this would be an acceptable practice
of worship because of the simple and straight forward message. As far as the
policy of the United States towards China, I can say only one thing;
when will we as a nation stand up for something so simple as human
rights? In this case I can say it is almost embarrassing that I am a
citizen of a country that stands for so much and does so little. Money
makes the world go round? or is it something else...if you have the
answer please respond. And oh yeah, get China out of Tibet.