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Tête-à-tête with Woeser

October 21, 2009

by Khar Chen
Where Tibetans Write
October 8, 2009

Few weeks ago, I heard that some Tibetan writers
in exile, had peacefully denounced Wang Li Xiong
during a meeting organized by Pen Tibetan Writers
organization, during his visit to Dharamsala.
Shortly afterwards, I talked with Woeser through
Skype. She told me that "I was deeply unhappy
when I heard about the assertion to my husband
but later personally took it as a good
experience". Then, we didn’t have a chance to
talk for several weeks. Later I saw her article
“Democracy must have some moral obligations” on
Tibet times and heard it from Radio Free Asia.

And after I finished reading it, we had a chance
to talk again on Skype. One inspiring and
pleasant thing about our conversation was that,
she can speak Tibetan quite fluently now and we
were able to exchange our ideas and thoughts
using the Tibetan language. But she said "still I
can’t speak Tibetan properly but my Tibetan is
getting better here at Beijing than in Lhasa. I
personally feel embarrassed about my inability to
speak Tibetan well.” We talked for more than one
hour but I am not going to share all of it. I
would only like to discuss the awaking thought of
her article “Democracy must to have some moral
obligations “and at the same time personally take
responsibility for any misunderstanding,
disorganization and misconception that might occur in this article.

As Woser talked about the awaking thought of
"Democracy must have some moral obligations: "at
the beginning as I told you last time, when I
heard about their unreasonable and disprovable
talks like Wan Li Xion is a spy, cheater, Tibetan
issue user, presidential adviser and hit man, I
was personally was not happy about it but kept
thinking passionately that it was not necessary
to answer. But unfortunately later, whether it
was from these five Exiles five who spoke
strongly against my husband or Tibetan society
there, the issue was brought up again and spread
widely through newspapers, videos and radio
programs. For instance, Tibetan Amdo section in
RFA had discussions and news broad casting about
it. As result of it, many Tibetans in Amdo in
Tibet had heard it and they telephoned and emailed me for my opinion.

Moreover, it was translated and published in
Namlo Yaks Chinese blog. But after few days, when
I returned to read it, it wasn’t no longer there
and completely erased. I personally don’t have
any idea why he translated it, put it up and then
later erased it. Moreover, because the issue
appeared on Tibetan websites, blogs, and radio
plus in Chinese blogs as well, many of my Chinese
friends starting asking me about it more and
more. I met with Chinese police few days ago
because I wrote many articles about the recent
uprising in Ugur. They informed me that “your
husband was accused in Dharamsala “. But I didn’t
answer them and kept my silence.

However, there were many misconceptions and
rumors circulating as other side kept firing up
the issue. After thinking it over many times, I
felt that it was better to write something to
make people to know my opinions and feelings
about the matter. You are living in a democratic
society so you have a more solid knowledge about
democracy than me. Democracy is not only talking
about right or wrong, it also entails obligation and duties.

It is a right that implies responsibility: and
every opportunity - an obligation, and every
possession - a duty. Exercising the right of
freedom of expression and doing nothing for it is
not qualified democracy. Of course they can go
against my husband critically and evidentially,
but if they don’t have evidence or proof to show
then it is unreasonable and irresponsible.
Whatever they are writer and educated people, so
at least they should have moral obligation about their saying.

If educated Tibetans talk without a base of
research and evidence then our society will never
mature or even have a chance to grow up. And
sometimes I feel that only blaming others is a
disease in our society and we should get rid of
that disease. However these diseases are never
helpful for us. Here I am just sharing my
personal views about what happened during my
husband’s visit to Dharamsala. But I am not
opposing these Tibetan writers nor talking about their motivations.

P.S.

I wrote this article in Tibetan and published on
www.khabdha.org and www.tibettimes.net few weeks
ago. I translated it as Woeser thought it might
be a good idea to publish it in English too.
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