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Overseas Tibetans: Americans have serious prejudice against Tibet

February 26, 2010

People's Daily Online (People's Republic of China)
February 25, 2010

Overseas Tibetans in the U.S. deemed Americans
have serious misunderstanding and prejudice
against China's Tibet and people there, according
to a current report from the U.S. Qiaobao.

Some Tibetans living in U.S. said while
contacting with local people they found many of
them have misunderstanding and prejudice against Tibet and Tibetan people.

Dbyangscan Lhamo, sponsor as well as chairman of
the Council of China Overseas Tibetan Association
said in the inaugural ceremony of the association
on Feb. 21 that many of her American friends
sympathized with Tibetans because they thought
Tibetans were very poor and had been bullied.
However, they are wrong since they have prejudice
against Tibet. The fact is that Tibetan-inhabited
areas are economically backward, but Tibetans have never been bullied.

Born in a Tibetan family and married a Han
people, Dbyangscan Lhamo said the purpose of
setting up the China Overseas Tibetan Association
is to share Tibetans' spirit of happiness and
optimism with people all over the world.

According to Tashi Dorje, who has been living in
America for four years, the prejudice against
Tibet in the U.S. is serious. The images of Tibet
in their minds are built up by hearsay since they
are actually ignorant of things about Tibet.

As a singer, Tashi Dorje participated in the
protest against the U.S. President Barack Obama's
meeting with the Dalai Lama on Feb. 21. He said
Tibet was very dirty and disordered in the past,
which is quite different from current appearance.

The report pointed out that some oversea Chinese
who have lived in America for long were also
ignorant of Tibet. For example, of the two
Taiwanese joining in the current protest against
Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama, one
thought the life expectancy of Tibetan people was
only 40 years old, while another asked a Tibetan
:"Do Tibetan women still marry more than one husbands now?"

Source: China Tibet Information Center
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