Monday, January 31, 2011

Colonial Power at its best

Chen Xiqing, vice minister of the United Front Work Department of CPC Central Committee

The Tibetans are made to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
In the Land of Snows, Losar, the traditional Tibetan New Year (which falls on March 5) has been forgotten and replaced by the Chinese New Year. 
In a few days, the Chinese media will probably publish photos showing the Tibetan people 'celebrating with gaiety and fervour' 'their' new New Year festival.
The Chinese leadership will afterward be surprised by the deep resentment of the Tibetan 'minorities' against Beijing.  

China Tibet Online holds gala to celebrate Chinese New Year
China Tibet Online
Kristen Zhang
A gala sponsored by China Tibet Online was held in Beijing, Jan. 28 2011, China Tibet Online reported.
A total of 200 people including Tibetologists, journalists , and experts from cultural, economic and other fields gathered together to celebrate the upcoming Chinese lunar New Year and the Tibetan Year of Iron Rabbit, tasting the highland barley beer brought from the snow-covered plateau and enjoying the wonderful performance of singing and dancing.
The year of 2010 is special for China Tibet Online. In this year, it has launched new versions of four sub-web pages, including Chinese, English, Tibetan and the Weekend Holiday. The new versions have received great attention from readers at home and abroad.
China Tibet Online was founded in 2000. At present, editors from China Tibet Online released information about Tibet in Chinese, English, and the Tibetan in order to promote the international communications and enhance understandings of Tibet overseas.

From another Article in China Tibet Online

With the Spring Festival around the corner, Tibetans working outside Tibet have begun their journey back home. Optional coaches in Lhasa have been launched to ease the travel rush, China Tibet Online reported.
The timetable for trains departing from Lhasa has been adjusted. The timetable of Train T28 from Lhasa to Beijing has also been adjusted.
Wang Jianqiu, who comes from southwest China's Sichuan Province, was very happy on her way home. Though she has to transfer another train after her arrival in Lanzhou to get home, sha was talking about her 17-year-old daughter all the time since she cannot wait seeing her.
"Every year during this time, we have to go home, since the Spring Festival is that for our family reunion though Lhasa is more warm and comfortable. We will be back to Lhasa in Match, where we have a Sichuan restaurant at Xianzu Island on the southern part of Lhasa," Wang said.
"The train T28 is 5 hours shorter than its regular duration. The train departed from Lhasa at 8:30 before the Spring Move (passenger transport around the Chinese lunar new year), so we had to get up very early to catch the train, but now it is more convenient for us to get ready for departure," said Lee, who was heading to Beijing on the train T28. 

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