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Dr. Andrew M. Fischer Discusses Development Issues in China and Tibet

October 3, 2010

Howard Tsang
www.asiapacificmemo.ca
September 2, 2010

Memo #17 (Video)

In a 5-part interview, Dr. Andrew M. Fischer
talks about the significance of the International
Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS). He
underlines that the IATS creates a unique setting
where Tibetans from China, India, and abroad can
meet for academic and professional discussions.
When discussing the Western Development Project
and Tibet-related development, he emphasizes that
China has been replicating the growth model of
its coastal areas in its western areas. This
model of focusing on growth poles resulted in
phenomenal growth in the western areas, although
a result may be intensified inequalities for
those who live near the poles. Tibetans are
fundamentally disadvantaged by economic
developments that are centred in urban areas, as
those areas are controlled by outside
governments, companies, and investors. Fluent
Chinese speakers with outside connections benefit
most from the economic conditions.

Dr. Andrew M. Fischer is a Senior Lecturer in
Population and Social Policy at the Institute of
Social Studies (The Hague) of Erasmus University
Rotterdam. He attended the 12th seminar of the
International Association for Tibetan Studies
(IATS), which was hosted by the Institute of
Asian Research at the University of British Columbia last month.

Part 1 -- The role and significance of the
International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS)
           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrGIuYJgMB4&

Part 2 -- The key development issues facing China in Tibet
           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6Y7cZ-aHu8

Part 3 -- China’s success with the Western
Development Project and Tibet-related development projects
           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKgfR8YwR5w

Part 4 -- The shortcomings of China’s current development projects in Tibet
           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABpcBnz5T7Q

Part 5 -- The Tibetan response to China’s strategy for development
           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ErnfWETxMM
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