#42

Why are foreign journalists banned into Tibet? What’s the rationale? By banning foreign journalists, is this one way to solve the problem of protests and unrests?

The world needs reportings from different national journalists. Let the general reader decide that read worth keeping. Human beings need to be informed…and know… 

A responsible journalist will report that he sees as candidly and truthfully. If that reported was biased and deaths occurred, the burden remained on the journalist for the remaining days of his life or, he would live with joy when there was peace and stability.

#40

I cannot understand the allegations made that China is severe and controlling harshly those living in Tibet and surrounding areas. If China had performed their task stringently, surely the protests would not be so widespread…

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The word ‘violence’ had been on the lips of many. Can the monks describe the violence forced upon them? ‘Violence’ is an emotive word yet means nothing if not concretely described.

Furthermore I heard from news that the protests began with the students (high schools or university?) in Gansu. If high schoolers or teenagers began this, common sense spells that that reported did not add up!

Vengeance or creating pressure groups or politicising cannot resolve!

#38 celebrating 117th bday

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Amai Cering (left) with her great granddaughter. [Xinhua]

Wow! Born on March 16th, 1891! Amai Cering, a Tibetan, had just celebrated her 117th birthday. From the photo I can see she has no wrinkle and her eyes still bright but like all elderly, her skin is darker in color. The oldest Tibetan alive?!

It’ll be interesting to find out the kind of foods she took. How she was able to keep so fit.

I know of a few Japanese elderly who wake up early in the morning at 4am to work on their farms. During my visits to China, I found many elderly fit and strong. I wonder if that was not the result of not overeating unlike many of us who indulge in good foods and pop vitamin supplements or, intake of birds nest or ginseng. I’d read several Taiwanese elderly who lived the US contracted cancer — a result of too much intake of red meat? Yet some who changed to tofu diet also contract cancer.

Do I want to live that long? I guess I would if I had something meaningful to do daily to keep me bright and youthful and happy and above all, that I’m fit and strong and mobile!

#37

For the Christians this week is Passion Week culminating in the sacrifice of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, to redeem man through the power of His resurrection. Without the Resurrection, there is no Christianity (reference New Testament of Bible 1 Corinthians 15). The people at the time were expecting a political figure to help redeem them but God Incarnate chose peace through sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.

This recent event in Tibet reinforces religious leaders should not engage in politics. The role of religious leaders or church ministers is to shepherd and offer constructive ways to building the community in an unassuming manner.

As I hear about the tension and violence in Tibet which gets worse by the day, it appears the situation is grave to warrant China to take a stern stand and for the Dalai Lama to contemplate stepping down from his religious position. What is really happening?

Why do human beings want to destroy one another? The sins of the forebears have created this dilemma? Is there reconciliation?

#33

Is the protest and unrest in Tibet an external instigation exploiting the discontented nationals?

Is this not folly of the nationals to fall prey to such designs of unrest or protest? Is this the only way to embrace or stimulate change? Every one loses when incited to anger and chaos. The Tibetans have been feeling the lack of ‘something’ — many are caught between tradition and modernity (changes)… I do not know enough of its politics but this certainly is no way to resolve some discontents and unhappiness! Surely there must be a more congenial solution.

Those human rights groups do not stand to lose — it’s the nationals who need to pick up the pieces aftermath!

Why loot and burn the Chinese shops when these are the ones who actually bring in some stimuli to the economy, in its miniscule!? By setting fires to buildings, are these nationals not incurring more losses at every turn?

Recently the Icelandic singer, Bjork, deliberately shout out ‘Tibet, Tibet’ during her concert held in Shanghai Gymnastic Center. Is she in cahoot with those Western star celebrities like Spielberg or Richard Gere (was accused of obscene public behavior in India when he hugged and kissed Shilpa Shetty but was dismissed as frivolity) in undermining and politicising the forthcoming Olympic Games in Beijing? Is there link to these events?!

I hope the leaders both in Beijing and Tibet will resolve this with wisdom and integrity — for the sake of peace and humanity.