The Chinese Invasion and the Rape of Tibet
“All I want is for my people to be happy and free from suffering”. This is what the Dali Lama has stated to be his only wishes for the people of Tibet, what should be referred to as their basic human right. Over one million Tibetans have died since 1959; the deaths are a direct result of the Chinese occupation, either through harsh prison conditions, summary executions or starvation.
In the years since the Chinese government has taken over Tibet, Tibetans still in the country and those living in exile in Darsalma, India, have depended on the assistance of others for basic needs such as health care and education. The standards of life have not been the same since China has taken over the region. Before the Chinese invasion of Tibet, Tibet was a flourishing place as we have seen from books such as Heinrich Harrer’s “Seven Years in Tibet”, which contains accounts of an amazing education system surrounded by the monasteries, healthy diets with lots of meat and butter tea and a very advanced healthcare system. It was a beautiful place to live with happy, healthy people. Sadly, this is no longer true for the people of Tibet who now depend on the aid of others to live their lives. The aid given to Tibet either comes from NGOs (Non-Government Organizations), International Governments such as Canada and the United States and also from China. Although, the only “real” help is coming from the NGOs, who provide aid for social issues faced by the Tibetans daily. NGOs are attempting to preserve Tibetan culture which has and continues to be destroyed by the Chinese Government. Governments that give money to Tibet give a minimum amount for social causes and the majority goes to projects based on the economic development of Tibet, which in turn helps the economic growth of China. The international governments are doing what China wants for Tibet, not what the Tibetans want for Tibet. They are focused on rebuilding infrastructure and similar expenditures which are insignificant when people are dieing. From my research I have discovered that China and International Governments are only interested in Tibet as an economic center. Although they do give money to the Tibetans, and some Tibetans are happy, China is leading a cultural genocide in Tibet by demolishing the Tibetan culture for those Tibetans who still remain in the country. Forty-Five years after China’s takeover, Tibetans are still facing the same social issues they did in 1959. I believe for any changes to occur within Tibet, International Governments need to begin to pressure China for the end of their oppression and cultural genocide of the Tibetan people, instead of promoting it by giving to China’s projects for Tibet’s economy.
Three key sociological components which are essential for Tibetans to receive the happiness which the Dali Lama wants for them are education, the right to practice their culture, and...