Both sides of the story



After signing the Agreement, a letter signed by Kalon Ngapo was handed over to Premier Chou En-lai. In the letter, Kalon Ngapo requested that other Tibetan areas incorporated into other Chinese provinces be returned to Tibet and put them under the Lhasa Tibetan Administration….Ngapo, the head of the Tibetan delegati…on, did not affix his official seal of the Kashag (Tibetan Cabinet) on the “agreement” paper, although he had brought it with him. The Chinese side, therefore, forged duplicate Tibetan seals in Peking. They made five identical seals for each of the Tibetan delegation members with their names on them. These seals were then stamped on what became to be known as the “Seventeen-Point Agreement on Measures for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet.”…the head of the Chinese delegation, Li Wui Han, reacted by threatening the Tibetan delegation whether they wanted a peaceful or a violent “liberation” of Tibet. He said, “If you want a peaceful `liberation,’ then you must agree to our proposal. But if you want a violent `liberation,’ then all Peking had to do was to send a telegram to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) stationed in occupied areas of Tibet. We have no problem.” Read more...

Ngabo Ngawang Jigme (1910 – 2009)

When the Lhasa uprising occurred in 1959, Ngabo initially tried to mediate between the Tibetan government and the Chinese, but in the end he continued to support the PRC: after retaking Lhasa, it was his voice that the PLA played over their loudspeakers urging the people to lay down their arms to avoid the destruction of the city. Although he might never have been powerful enough to formulate policy himself, Ngabo was never purged and continued to hold official positions, including two terms as chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region in the 1960s and the 1980s. Read more….

Ngapo and the Cultural Revolution

Another day we were called to the main headquarters of the TAR to manage the crowd. Thousands of people were shouting: “Down with Ngapo Jigme, let him be killed”. When we went there, we saw Ngapo in his military uniform; he was lead by some Chinese soldiers. He was brought on the stage and before making his confession, he took out the five stars out of his uniform and put them into his pocket and said: “For years and years my family had been exploiting the Tibetan people, and we will not able to get rid of this [sin] forever.” He just said that and he was quickly taken away by the PLA soldiers. Read more…

Interview with Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme

His third son, Ngapo Jigme, defected 13 years ago and now lives in Washington where he worked for the Free Tibet Campaign and now heads the Tibet section of Radio Free Asia. “In fact the Chinese government has never trusted him. My father has been a figurehead. He never really had any power,” Ngapo Jigme said and he adds that despite their differences, his father has tried his best for Tibet. “When things go wrong, people always look for a scapegoat but it is more complicated than that,” the son said. Read more….

Kasur Ngapo Ngawang Jigme and his Autobiography

It seems Kasur Ngapo has been working on his autobiography although its status is not clear now. Such an autobiography would be useful in enabling us to understand his views. More importantly, it would have an impact on how history will see Kasur Ngapo. It could be that the reason for not hearing about his autobiography is… because it is being screened by the Chinese Government. If this is so, I would feel that it is not only morally just for an individual to be responsible for his autobiography but this is essential for the credibility of the book once it is published. If the authorities were to interfere in an individual’s autobiography it will not be beneficial to the authorities themselves in the long run.  Read More…

Ngapo Ngawang Jigme – a profile

“It is because of the special situation in Tibet that in 1951 the Seventeen Point Agreement on the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet, between the central people… See More’s government and the local Tibetan government, came about. Such an agreement has never existed between the central government and any other minority regions. We have to consider the special situation in Tibetan history while drafting policies for Tibet in order to realize its long-term stability. We must give Tibet more autonomous power than other minority regions. In my view, at present, Tibetan Autonomous Region has relatively less power of autonomy compared with other autonomous regions, let alone compared with provinces. Therefore Tibet must have some special treatment and have more autonomy like those special economic zones. We must employ special policies to resolve the special characteristics which have pertained throughout history.” Furthermore, in 1991, Kasur Ngapo asked the Chinese government to abide by the 17-Point Agreement, specifically the commitment “not to change the existing political system in Tibet.” Read more…


What is the purpose of an online press page?

The purpose of a Press Page is to be the source of information centered on the needs of journalists and reporters who are looking to cover issues or people that your organization covers.

An online press-room offers journalists 24-hour access to information about your organization in which you control the presentation of your message.

Each section of your organization’s website should have a link that navigates viewers to the press page.

The main essentials?  Organization is a must!

Check out Peace Action West‘s Basic Press Page

1. Contact Information

This is one of the main essentials because the easier is to for them to contact you or someone from your organization, the better it is for you to pitch your organization’s message and build further relationships with media outreach. Journalists write stories, it sounds best when it’s the message is communicated vocally with a personal touch.

  • Designate a primary PR contact or a Media spokesperson with a Name, Phone number and an Email address.
  • A 24-hour media contact is preferred but if that’s not within your reach then provide advanced warnings of delay in getting back to people such as “someone will get in touch with you within 24hours” though is acceptable, it is preferred to use the designated person’s name in the email so that it doesn’t become generic.

2. Search Archives

Journalists tend to be on very heavy deadlines and work off office hours so it is best when for them when they can search archives and everything they need in one place anytime during the day without having to do heavy research and make late phone calls.

  • Make the search functions by keywords to make navigation easy with clear production of contents.
  • Organized (weekly, daily or monthly)
  • Keep your archives available for journalists to view easily. They like to investigate and find information quickly The easier to access, the better!

3. News releases

It is not only important to have news releases but it should be mandatory for this specific section to be updated daily, weekly, or monthly depending on your campaigns and issues.

  • Place them in order of prominence and date
  • Provide a summary of the issue covered in the release then provide the content
  • If the particular event or issue got picked up by the Media, provide a link to the coverage
  • Make the News releases section in a simple way that allows easy navigation to other parts of the website.

4. News Coverage- List by the most recent

  • Try not to bore them with the whole article, you show the coverage on your organization, high light it but it’s not a good idea to have a long story.
  • The point of this section is to show that your organization is news worthy and prove it. Think about the resume you would carry to a job interview.
  • Succinct headlines and prominent release dates
  • Provide links to the news outlets that covered the issue

5. Downloadable Press kits

Have your information ready for print. It saves on paper and provides the press with all the important information you would like to present to them on their own time.

  • Background, Fact Sheets, and FAQS
  • Sample Press Releases relating to issues covered by the organization
  • About us information and Contact information

Other Additions to the Website

1. High and low resolution photographs

-You want to have a back up just incase the reporters on duty do not have a photographer with them and they are on deadline. It’s always best to be prepared.

  • -Especially if an event happened recently and you want press coverage on the event.
  • – This is also a great way to advertise the logo that represents your organization

2. Outside networks such as blogs, social networks and etc.

  • -This provides the press with external information about your organization that can be useful in researching views of the public. Having a open forum for the public to leave comments gives reporters a general feel for others in the community perceive your organization and what kind of an impact your organization carries on the community.

3. Executive biographies – Personalize and SELL to build credibility-

  • – Who runs the place, what are their credentials and what positions do they carry?

4. Events calendar and audio/video files

  • -This allows them to get feedback and updates from locals who attend your events
  • -Also a great way to prepare them for the next event

5. Financial information (Also helps with donations)

  • Providing details to how your organization runs
  • Who funds your organization and whom are you affiliated with.
  • This is a perfect opportunity to nationalize or localize your organization to grassroots alike.

© Tenzin W. Shakya

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Intersectionality and Gender Identity – PRO CHOICE

Intersectionality plays a key role not only in identifying oneself as a person; but between different cultures, religions, and backgrounds; it can influence gender identity. It can affect one’s role in the home, in politics, as well as society overall.

First off, the pressures of a multicultural society can often lead one to conform to social “norms” but it can also have the opposite effect of leading people to rebel against what is expected. And weather an individual or even a community as a whole wants to think of itself as free of predisposed bias, there will always be expectations that are broken. It is all in human nature to categorize people, even in the slightest of way, but ultimately the individual is a strong entity that can vary despite social pressure. For example, as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims; there are no gays in Iran. However biology and personal experience say otherwise. Homosexuality is a big variable in society. Many cultures and religions look down upon it. Therefore it is a generally accepted stereotype that highly religious people can never be gay. And yet there are many people who go against the pressures of their friends and families to live their life simultaneously defining themselves as devoutly religious and homosexual.

The differences in people and cultures can also manifest in more subtle ways. A hobby, style, preference, or way of speaking can be completely accepted in a society as a whole, but can be considered foreign to men or women of a certain race. A community may have stereotypes that say that women and men of a certain race like different things from one another and from other races. This would involve mild forms of both sexism and racism. Especially in such a mixed society like the US, the individual should be taken into more consideration than the race, religion, or background.

A person’s morals and values can also define who they are, and can differ between certain cultures. What it is to be feminine is one example, because women have differing roles often depending on their family traditions. Some cultures are defined by modesty in women, while others respect an outward, dominant type of woman. Women themselves can identify themselves with their femininity. In certain cultures the veil that women wear is a symbol of feminine beauty. It is something that makes people judge them by their personality rather than their looks. But some view it as if it is hiding something to be ashamed of. There is nothing wrong with using clothing to express femininity. If that were so, then in the US, maybe all women would just never wear dresses, as it is a typical feminine piece of clothing, and could be seen as a sign of oppression. Too often, personal choice is confused and mixed with cultural phobia, as it can be a sign of culture and religion. After the 9/11 attacks, one woman named Izdihar El-Hilal, a native of Syria who now lives in Pittsburg said, “This is my choice. I am not oppressed.” Veils or turbans are often looked upon with fear and cultural separation. But simply because one wears clothes that are different does not mean they are radically religious or terrorists. On the exact contrary, these symbols often actually have a sign of peace and modesty for the ones who wear them. Expression is ultimately defined by those who choose it and not by onlookers.

This cultural expression can have the same effect on the opposite end of the spectrum. In the US as well as other countries, there are many controversial advertisements that some say objectify women. Often they are described as inappropriate, showing too much skin, etc. But the same can be said about these ads as the veils that other women wear. The models who pose to show off their bodies can argue that it is a form of art. Some passionately say that their body is a temple to be revered. They show it off as art and pride what they have. However, this can, for some, again lead to social pressures to look just like the models. This doesn’t go to say that blatant expression in this form should be considered immoral, but rather that all bodies should be appreciated, and it is the owner’s choice to decide how to show it.


San Francisco, September 20 – SF TEAM TIBET gathered along with Tibetans and supporters outside the Cow Palace arena today to protest the celebrations  commemorating the 60th anniversary of Chinese Communist Party’s rule in China.

Tibetans and supporters gathered attention by shouting slogans of freedom and human rights for Tibetans in Tibet and carrying banners that read “60 years of brutality, 60 years of genocide, 60 years is too long, Shame of China”.

“The Chinese Communist Party’s attempt to extinguish the Tibetan people’s desire for freedom and self determination has not succeeded, even after six decades of illegal occupation, with the recent uprising in Tibet in March 2008 as a vivid example of the CCP’s failed policies and their continued lack of legitimacy.” Said Yangchen Lhamo of Students for a Free Tibet.

SFRTYC declared that this event was unjust and celebrations should not be held due to the mere factor that many Tibetans are still being brutally murdered in Tibet since the rule of the communist party in Tibet.

The advertisement for this event states that the CCP has “striven towards the construction of this country and have made great progress in many aspects, such as improving the quality of people’s lives.”

However, Tsering Dorjee, President of SF Regional Tibetan Youth Congress said, “This celebration simply congratulates the Chinese government in their failure to uphold the Tibetan people’s freedom and basic human rights”.

SFTEAM TIBET has scheduled another demonstration on Oct 1st at Union Square in San Francisco to raise awareness of the Tibetan people’s struggle against the Chinese Communist Regime since its rule over Tibet.

SF TEAM TIBET is a coalition of five Bay Area organizations joined in hands to raise awareness of China’s atrocities in occupied Tibet.

San Francisco Regional Tibetan Youth Congress

Being aware of ones “IDENTITY”

Gloria Anzaldua’s La Consciencia de la mestiza: Towards  a New Consciousness focuses on the position of those with a combination of Spanish, Native American, African, and Anglo roots. She describes the uncomfortable position of both men and women labeled “mestiza” and the need for a mestiza consciousness fixed with the concept of being inclusive and having acceptance. Anzaldua addresses the need to require equality between both males and females with the need to redefine, or at the very least create a new perception of what masculinity could be with the new consciousness.

The transition process to create this new definition must start with the acceptance of all the wrongs, rights and all the in between tensions and contradictions that mark the “identity” of those who fall in this position of “ambiguity” that Anzaldua shares. She States that this must also start with recognizing the past and the present injustices inflicted upon such “identities”. ‘

“We can no longer blame you [oppressors], nor disown the white parts, the male parts, the pathological parts, the queer parts, the vulnerable parts.”

The future will definitely be more integrative, with more people having a direct contact with multiple races and cultures. However, there will always be a place for isolationism, voluntary or forced. Living in a monoculture (or having a monoculture identity) is no necessarily a bad thing, but being aware of it is definitely necessary.

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Tibet in the News

Tibet’s tourist record: state mediaBEIJING — A total of 1.2 million tourists visited Tibet last month

a record for July — state media said Sunday, as travellers
returned to the Himalayan

Bay Area Indymedia Taipei Tibet Office organizes a prayer ceremony for Typhoon victims
Bay Area Indymedia
by Yeshe Choesang ( editor [at] ) Taipei:
After seven days of natural disasters__
“Typhoon” hit Taiwan that causing many lives, the Tibet

Tibetan Shoton Festival
Yogurt and opera might seem to have no relation to each other, but for the Tibetan people, these two things are the major attractions of the traditional
China Biotech in Review: The Business of China Life Science
Seeking Alpha

Established in 1992, Cheezheng Tibetan was the first pharmaceutical company in
Tibet to be granted GMP certification. The company offers products that are …
Atmospheric mysteries set in Laos and Tibet
Dr. Siri Paiboun, now in his mid-70s in 1978, the third year of the communist Pathet
Lao government, is still Laos’ chief and only state coroner in this
No Australian honour for Dalai Lama
Razors Edge
A decision by the University of Tasmania, to withdraw its offer to award the
Dalai Lama an honourary doctorate, has come under fire this week.
China sentences eight Tibetans to varying prison terms in Tibet
Bay Area Indymedia
by Yeshe Choesang ( editor [at] ) Dharamshala: According to a
confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and
Tibetan protest against Chinese government – slide show
In the Nepalese capital of Katmandu, there were violent protests today by
Tibetan exiles against China’s suppression of human rights.
Angry Monk
DVD Talk
Gendun Choephel was born in 1903, the year Tibet was invaded by Great Britain.
He died in 1951, the year Tibet was invaded by China.
Tibet to produce instant noodles with highland barley
15 (Xinhua) — A Tibetan firm has teamed up with an inland company to make
instant noodles out of highland barley, a typical plant in the “roof of the world

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Tibet in the NEWS – A.M.
Nepal security men visiting Tibet, vigilance bordering North
Interestingly, beginning Saturday, August 15, 2009,
Nepal ‘s practically all the security agencies are
meeting in Lhasa , Tibet , wherein it is expected …
The Search — Film Review
Hollywood Reporter
By Maggie Lee, August 13, 2009 06:15 ET Bottom Line: An itinerant cinematic wander
through Tibet that leaves a trail of open questions about love,
Movie aims to rein in China’s online mob
Many of these cases involved heightened nationalism online,
such as the Tibet riots of last April. In the case of Grace Wang,
she didn’t even need to be in
Voice of America
China Holds Massive Long-Range Military Exercises
Voice of America

“I do not strictly understand why because it seems to me
that they were able to handle the problems in Tibet and
Xinjiang very quickly,” she said. …
Police detain Tibetan exiles
Straits Times

KATHMANDU – AT LEAST 25 Tibetan exiles were detained Friday as
they staged an anti-China demonstration in front of a United Nations
office in the Nepalese …
Tibet: US Congressional Staff Visit
Chinese authorities will allow United States Congress personnel
into Tibet. At least 10 Congressional staffers depart for travel
in China and Tibet. …

The marketing of Tibet for profit-

Lhasa, Tibet’s First and Only Export Beer, Makes U.S. Debut

AUSTIN, Texas – Lhasa Beer, an all-malt European style lager imported from Tibet, will launch U.S. sales in Texas this August through specialty food retailers and on-premise establishments. It will soon be available at other retail locations across the U.S.
“From Lhasa, The Capitol of Tibet, also known as shangri la, and peace and even utopia… now a shift in imagery… Presenting “Lhasa Beer”.. Red bull gives you wings… “Lhasa beer” will give you Utopian peace!! – Profiting off the image… 10% goes to “Tibetan NGO’s” – I hate it… just hate it!