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The Distorted Image of Tibet (Part IV)

October 2, 2008

Special interview with Chinese writer Ms. Zhu Rui
By Lin Caifeng
Epoch Times Staff Sep 30, 2008

Below is the fourth part of an interview The Epoch Times conducted with
Chinese writer Ms. Zhu Rui about her views on Tibet, the Tibetan people,
and their culture.

I have not met one cadre who works in Tibet and knows the Tibetan
language. The first thing I did after immigrating to Canada was to learn
English. Isn't that logical? Why wouldn’t someone who lived in Tibet and
love Tibet learn the language?

A conqueror believes that the locals should learn their language.
Therefore, Chinese Mandarin is the only official language used in large
conferences and governmental meetings. This has brought major
inconveniences to the Tibetans.

One Tibetan doctor who attended a medical meeting in Lhasa said to me,
“This is too hard for me. Throughout this whole conference, there is no
communication in Tibetan.” He showed me his Chinese brochure, “Even a
side-by-side Tibetan translation would be better than nothing.” His
Chinese was very poor. I asked him if that was the only incident. He
responded, “It happens in every meeting.”

The situation in schools is the same—communication is only in Chinese.
The Tibetan language is taught as a foreign language.

Wasteful and Corrupted Communist Officials

The Tibetan riot in March was a result of accumulated frustration on the
China-Tibet situation. The Chinese communists have damaged and insulted
the Tibetan people, culture, religion, and natural resources.

Ordinary Tibetans still live in poverty—their situation has not improved
for several decades. The Chinese people may think that the communist
regime has done its best to financially support Tibet. However, the true
beneficiaries are those officials who work for the Chinese Communist
Party. Ordinary Tibetans have felt no change.

What is the extent of the luxury and corruption of the Chinese
officials? There was a government building in the Autonomous Region,
however, officials felt it to be “insufficient” and believed there
should be another. Therefore, they spent over US$100 million to build
the Chongzhou Base in Chengdu City of Sichuan Province. After the
construction was complete, the officials felt it was too far to travel,
and thus abandoned the Base and built a second in a secret location. I
happened to realize the existence of the Chongzhou Base through an
official document.

The Derzhong Spring is a famous scenic resort. In 2000, the son of
Raidi, the deputy secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Region, contracted a
40 year term at the resort. The cost of a guest house near the resort
used to be US$2 per night. After the newly signed contract, the price
soared so high that I could no longer afford it. Raidi’s son has been
doing whatever he pleases in Derzhong. A friend of mine witnessed him
hunting endangered wild yellow ducks.

How Much Do You Know About Tibet?

A Chinese youth came to my house and talked about the Westerners’
support of Tibet, “The Westerners know nothing about Tibet, and thus
they speak nonsense about the Tibetan issue.” I asked, “How much do you
know about Tibet?” He responded, “Tibet is part of China.” That’s what
he considers, “knowing Tibet.” Unfortunately, he represents the majority
of young Chinese.

This is solely due to the many years of censorship by the Chinese
Communists. Tibet is a remote place for the Chinese. Not everyone would
visit Tibet; even the tourists see only the surface.

It is difficult to learn a culture. I’ve been in Canada for more than a
decade, and yet, I’m still a stranger to the Western culture.

The Tibetan culture is completely different from the Han culture. The
majority of the Chinese people won’t even have a chance to visit Tibet.
Their sole source of information is the Chinese Communist’s propaganda.
Whether you like it or not, it’s everywhere. You’ll hear it while
cooking, talking, and even going to the bathroom. It brainwashes you.

The Chinese Communists have completely destroyed the 5,000 years of
Chinese culture and civilization during their 60 years of ruling. For
example, the criticism over Confucius during the Cultural Revolution has
precisely demolished the fundamental virtues of the Confucius
philosophy—benevolence, righteousness, propriety, and humility, but
retained the dross serving to the interest of the communist authority.

The constant patriotic education naturally led to the fanatical
nationalism that is present today. In fact, the so-called Chinese
patriotism and nationalism is merely a resurgence of chauvinistic power.
As a result, the damage not only affects the Chinese, but the world as well.

The more I learn about Tibet, the more I feel a sense of crisis and fear
for the loss of such a culture. It is a unique culture. It is not
something that once lost, could be reproduced. There is no other culture
that can replace the Tibetan culture.

Brief Biography of Writer Zhu Rui

Ms Zhu Rui is a Han writer. She has published several novels, poems, and
essays, with most of her works related to Tibet. After the Lhasa
Massacre happened in March 2008, Ms Zhu published many articles on the
Internet, including, Why Tibetans Want to Protest, Write to Some
Chinese, A Letter to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Hope the One in Power
Doesn’t  Miss This Opportunity, Hope of Tibet, and Interview with
Buddhist Monk Arjia Rinpoche.

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