Jun 02

Over the past year, we have had many heated debate on issues related to Tibet. Little has been discussed, however, on how to move things forward. To me, it is more important to address grievances of the common Tibetan people than to win historical or political debates. Furthermore, it should be recognized that the discontent of Tibetan people are genuine and the current governmental policies are at least partially responsible. Sticking one’s head in the sand or blaming the all the troubles on outside forces will not solve any real problems in Tibet.

I am the person who believes communication, dialogue and mutual understanding are the best route to solve complicated ethnic issues. So it gives me great hope that Gongmeng, a Chinese NGO, took the initiative to provide an in-depth analysis of the social and economical challenges faced by Tibetans. I think this report will signal the beginning of a new bottom-up approach to solve the mistrusts demonstrated on both sides. The initial steps will be small and the progress will probably be slow, but, let’s get started!
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May 19

Chinese think-tank (公盟法律研究中心/Beijing Gongmeng Consulting Co., Ltd. ) established by Beijing University law professors, and joined by several Beijing economics professors. Following the unrest and demonstrations in Tibet which started Mach 10th, 2009, they decided to see for themselves what was really happening in Tibet by visiting Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and Labrang, outside Tibet Autonomous Region.

Their findings are astonishing. They find that a new Tibetan aristocracy has taken over power. This aristocracy is even worse than the old Tibetan aristocracy. In the old system the aristocracy was reliant on some sort of accord and agreement with the people, since they were dependent on the people to pay taxes. The new aristocracy get all their funding directly for Beijing (Central government) due to “stability” reasons, and thus they do not have any incentive to care about the well-being of Tibetans.
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Sep 02

I hope you all liked the face lift we just did (special thanks to 大猫, our new technical consultant, for making the beautiful header image). 🙂

First off, to follow the tradition of our site reports,  here is our web stats for August.  Continue reading »

Aug 03

I just realized that tomorrow would be the 100th day anniversary for our blog. In China, when a baby is 100 days old, it’s time for celebrations. So I think it’s appropriate for me to put this entry as a token of our celebration.

To continue the tradition of my previous updates (here and here), I am happy to file another “rosy” report that “our baby” is healthy and growing rapidly. You can see from our site statistics (awstats) below that, the numbers of our unique visitors have almost doubled from June to July (10,554 to 20,895). And we had 83,812 post views in the past month (wpstats). Continue reading »

Aug 01

Alan Miller of Huffington Post explains the rise in negative reporting on China, and the bigger picture beyond the Olympics.