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Alcohol-China's Weapon Of Choice

August 18, 2009

Tibet Truth Blog
August 15, 2009

Lao Tzu, one of China’s great Taoist philosophers
contemplating upon the challenges presented to a
governing authority suggested that, "If you want
to rule the people with impunity, fill their
bellies and empty their minds.” That instruction
has been accorded considerable political and
economic investment by China’s communist regime,
which employs consumptive distraction as one of a
number of remedies against popular dissent and social agitation.

It is applied with particular zeal in occupied
Tibet, where in an effort to undermine and
corrupt the cohesive fabric of Tibetan culture
and identity, the questionable consumer benefits
of Chinese colonization are paraded on virtually
every street. It is a sobering and troubling
sight to witness Tibetans as stangers in their
own cities, overwhelmed by China’s neon excesses
which have so completely transformed towns across
Tibet. Tibetans have suffered considerable social
and health costs from such colonialist
‘development’, not that such an impact would
concern the communist regime, which welcomes the
gradual erosion of traditional Tibetan values.

Beer Promotion On Nearly Every Street

That process has been given a particularly
worrying momentum by the increased availability
of cheap alcohol and profusion of bars and
nightclubs in Tibet’s major centers. Rather like
the ‘fire-water’ poisoning of Native American
peoples, which the ‘white-man’ tolerated and
encouraged as a crude means of oppression and
control, the devestating impacts of which
The communist Chinese authorities recognize and
are gratified by the debilitating and corrosive
societal effects alcoholism poses. A Tibetan
population suffering the divisive and distracting
fractures caused by alcohol abuse and dependency,
the scale of which has not previously been
experienced in Tibet, is less able or willing to
organize and participate in political resistance.

It is an increasing health issue amongst
Tibetans. According to a 2008 field-study, in
part conducted by Institute of Psychiatry, King’s
College in London
the extent of alcohol related disorders has
reached 31.6% for males and nearly 10 % for
women. While a 2003 investigation recorded that
"Alcohol use disorder was the most serious
problem in Tibet with a point prevalence of
41.89% and a lifetime prevalence of 43.6%%. A
number of associated mental health problems were
also noted amongst those Tibetans examined with
neuroses reaching a level of 26.7% and over 20%
instance of anxiety related disorders.
Insidious Oppression

Insidious Oppression

Such results reflect the trauma and misery
experienced by Tibetans under Chinese occupation
who exist in a condition of almost perpetual
anxiety, faced with the debilitating effects of
poverty, unemployment or overwork, and enduring
slum living conditions See File The oppressive
forces which deny Tibetans their freedom and
culture, is encouraging a dangerous slide into
alcoholism. That suits the purposes of communist
China which is intent of undermining restance to
its occupation of Tibet and eradicating forever
any sense of a seperate Tibetan identity. Let us
hope that Lao Tzu’s counsel does not prevail.

Lhasa Beer To Increase Production to 200,000 tons

The so-called Lhasa Beer Company, in part owned
by Carlsberg (which has been an active player
inside the Chinese market
and recognizes Tibet as a growing area of
consumption) exports to the United States, where
its American operation is run by George Witz.
It’s website contains
some curious information on Tibet including the following whitewash:

"The culture of Tibet is deeply ingrained with
compassion for all of life and that which
supports it. They lived close to and revered the
glories of the natural world. In their time they
did not cut their forests or mine the earth for
its bounty and lived in harmony and with a very
light touch on the land. But times have changed
and the forces of modernity are impinging on
their traditional way of life which is becoming
marginalized. They must adapt to the modern
pressures and evolving circumstance in which they
find themselves or face that their traditional
way of life and their entire body of spiritual
knowledge, which already has been seriously
weakened, could slowly become extinct in its own land” (emphasis added)

The industrialized production and widespread
availability of alcohol across Tibet is part of
the machinery of communist China’s cultural
oppression, a point which does not seem to
concern Lhasa Beer USA. One wonders if perhaps
Mr. Witz’s ancestors were Jewish? If so how would
he have felt about an American businessman
importing and promoting Polish beer produced in Nazi-Occupied Poland?
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