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How Well Do You Know Tibet? Or More Importantly, How Well Do You Know the Media and Politicians? (II)
By Yi-Cheng Chang
July 1, 2008

Q23:  Should the American people support those with terrorist character?


Q24:  Why were the Olympic torch relays violently interrupted only in France, England and the U.S., while those in other parts of the world, including South America, Africa, Arabia, Australia and several countries in Asia, unfolded relatively smoothly? 


Q25:  Should we think somewhat deeper: why are China and Chinese people treated by people around the world in a friendly manner, but rudely and maliciously by politicians and media in the U.S. and Western Europe, even though American and European people also have a good heart? 


Here is what some of the American, British, Canadian, French and German media and conspirators said and did pertaining to Tibet and the Olympic events ------


A photo taken in the mid-March riot scene in Lhasa showed a mob at the right throwing a stone at an official vehicle.


The media had in fact cut off from the scene the right part of the photo which shows the mob throwing the stone.  The description of the remaining left side of the picture was that the Chinese police was suppressing and arresting peaceful Tibetan protesters.


Photos were taken in India and Nepal showing the police dispersing Tibetan protesters there.


The media showed these photos saying that the Chinese police were suppressing peaceful Tibetan protesters.


A photo showed a group of Chinese soldiers changing from their army uniforms to put on Buddhist gowns.  The description leads viewers to believe that the Chinese soldiers dressed up as monks and sneaked into a monastery to watch the monks.


The fact:  That picture was taken 7 years earlier during the filming of a movie.  The movie maker needed several hundred bald men to act as monks in the background scene. So they asked the army for help.  That was the picture taken while preparing the filming.


Q26:  How reliable and fair is the media you are familiar with?


A Western reporter interviewed a monk after the riot had quieted down and Lhasa was considered safe and re-opened to foreign journalists.  One monk told him that as far as he knew, over 100 people died in this riot. As monks were kept inside monasteries for about a week during the riot, how could he know that over 100 people had died?


He heard it from the Voice of America!


Q27: While the Voice of America is prohibited from broadcasting to American people by law, should the American tax payers allow it to participate in propaganda against other nations and other people by irresponsibly spreading questionable information and / or biased opinions?


A TV program showed an interview with the Chinese ambassador to Canada.  The scene included video clips of Nepali policemen dispersing protesters. It tried to demonstrate that the ambassador was lying in denying the Chinese government's "bloody" suppression. 


A photo showed an ambulance with several people loading a riot victim.


The media:  It is a proof of military suppression.


The media mentioned that "Over 20 people dead" in this riot but did not indicate that they were killed by the rioters.  The media made people think they were killed by Chinese police or soldiers.


Q28:  Is this the so-called ethics of  journalism?


A picture showed a Muslim riot in China.


The fact:  The language on the sign inside the picture was in the Nepali language, not the Chinese Muslim language.


A picture showed police dispersing protesters.  A huge title across the middle of this picture had the slanderous words "'butchers and monsters', things we can never forget about communist China".


At the right lower corner, about 1/10 of the size of the huge slanderous title in the middle were the tiny words:  An anti-Chinese protest is crushed in Nepal, March 17, 2008.


Q29:  Who are the butchers of true journalism?


During the riot, over 500 stores, houses, schools and other facilities were smashed or burned by mobs --- this is what the media and politicians label as peaceful protests.


Over 20 people were killed or burned to death by the mobs --- this is called peaceful protest by the media and politicians.


Q30:  Why do the media and some politicians keep saying this was a peaceful protest?


 (A devout Buddhist does not kill.  When a monk or nun walks, he/she even avoids stepping on ants.  If a mosquito bites, the monk/nun does not slap the mosquito.  Instead he/she waves to chase mosquito away. In world history, not a single war was started by Buddhists).


Some monks participated in the riot with knives and sticks.  They beat people, ransacked shops, and attacked schools with children inside.


In a monastery, firearms, ammunition, dynamite and grenades were found by police in the riot.


Q31:  Why don't the media and politicians denounce these kinds of violence and terrorist acts?


Q32:  Where are the human rights and justice for the riot victims and their families?


Many policemen were injured by rioters because they refrained from using force to disperse the rioters.  Their courage and tolerance in facing the rioters caused their own injuries.


There are many video recordings of the riot scenes taken by foreigners who happened to be in Lhasa when the riot took place.  The violence and atrocities were rarely shown or mentioned in the American and European media or by politicians.


When talking about this riot or related matters, the media and politicians automatically use "peaceful protest" for the rioters and "bloody suppression" for the actions of the central government of China (or inaction, i.e., not using force).


Q33:  Who stand at the higher moral ground?  The rioters, or the media and politicians?


Riots were breaking out simultaneously in many places in Tibet. 


Q34:  Who would be so naive not to believe this was plotted by some forces against China and the Chinese?


The media loved to show big crowds of Tibetan protesters at the Olympic torch relay scenes to create a public relation disaster for China.  But many people do not know that there were only a few Tibetans there. The majority of the protesters were Europeans or Americans who had no clue about the social economic situation in Tibet 50 years ago and now.  Only very few of them have a malicious agenda.  Most of them are just ignorant and naive.


A Chinese proverb:  A dog first barks at illusion and then a hundred dogs follow suit.


Q35:  Who created the chaos?  The government and the people of China, or the media and politicians in America and Europe?


Mr. Rogge, chairman of International Olympic Committee, was shocked by the violence when a European (not a Tibetan) attacked a disabled torch bearer in a wheelchair. He condemned the violence.   He felt it is very bad to use violence to address issues.  The media almost totally ignored what Mr. Rogge had expressed.  Instead, the media glorified the violence and used it to degrade China and Chinese people. 


Q36:  Is it the so-called freedom of press and freedom of speech that allow the media and politicians to freely glorify violence for their evil intent while withholding Mr. Rogge's opinion?


April 9, 2008, Jack Caffery in the CNN Situation Room said: "They (Chinese) are basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they have been in the past 50 years!"


Q37:  Who give CNN and Jack Caffery the right to blatantly degrade all Chinese?  Why does the media promote hatred and violence instead of love and harmony?


Here is an example of how the media treated China and the Chinese people; or more accurately how the media cheated the American people.  This event had no violence or spice to excite the media.  A protest was held in downtown Chicago at noon on April 24, 2008.  About 600 people protested the distortions made, and the insults against all Chinese people, by CNN and other media.   The protest lasted two hours. None of the local TV news that evening mentioned this protest (while so much biased and derogative news about China and Chinese people had been aired by these TV stations).   The next day a major newspaper showed a photo of this protest, with this caption:  "Many at the rally say that political issues concerning Tibet, human rights and economic inequality should not be factors in the Beijing 2008 Olympics".  First of all, this paper did not mention the main reason of this protest, namely, the malicious behavior of CNN and other media.  Instead it twisted the protest to a different issue.  It slyly and maliciously accused China of human rights and economic inequality problems. The American people have no way to know how they are tricked by the media and how the media covers up its malicious behavior.


Q38:  Is this so-called factual, objective, balanced and ethical journalism?


China is a vast country with a land size comparable to the U.S.  There are 56 ethnic groups in China.  Several different ethnic groups in a small area, for example, one ethnic group in one village with a different ethnic group in another village, can co-exist peacefully and harmoniously for hundreds or even thousands of years.  For over two thousand years, numerous historical events and stories tell how different ethnic groups in China have lived alongside in harmony and stability. The fundamental reason is the Chinese philosophy and culture of moderation, tolerance, harmony and mutual respect.


600 years ago, large Chinese fleets with several thousands of sailors, led by Commander Zheng He (who was a Muslim!), sailed to Malaysia, Thailand and India many times, and even further to Arabia and Africa.  The Chinese did not kill the local people, did not drive them out or take over their land, did not set up governments or control the local leaders, even though the Chinese had the military and economic might to do it.  The Chinese only traded, cultivated land and brought more advanced technology to these areas.  Even now, the Chinese descendants in those areas are not very active in politics.  If the Chinese culture were aggressive and intolerant, today the people in India and east Africa might be speaking Chinese.   Unfortunately, China and Chinese people are themselves the victims of their own non-aggressive culture.  They thus have been bullied by others for two centuries, even up to today.


Q39:  Why do the media and politicians consistently spread the fear of threat from China?


In the past few years, the central government of China had talks at least 6 times with the Dalai Lama's representatives, including his brother.  The Chinese culture tends to resolve matters through peaceful methods like settling differences between brothers.  However, the Dalai Lama and/or his group have not been sincere.  For example, they demand that China let them rule a so-called Greater Tibetan autonomous region which is as big as about 1/4 of China, including areas which have never been considered as Tibetan regions historically and traditionally.  They demand that all non-Tibetans be kicked out of this region.   There are 10 ethnic groups living in this area. 


Q40:  Where are the human rights for those 9 non-Tibetan ethnic groups?  Why do the media and some politicians use so-called human rights to pick on China while they stay silent about the Tibetan separatists' intention to suppress other ethnic groups' human rights?


The authorities of the central government of China have convicted 30 rioters to serve from several years to life.  The media and some politicians feel disappointed and question if the trials were fair. 


Q41:  Why are they more concerned over the rioters who killed and burned, than feeling pain for the over 20 dead victims and their families, the several hundred injured victims and the business owners who lost their property?!  Do they still have good conscience?


Q42:  Why are the media and politicians so interested in interfering in other country's internal affairs?


Q43:  Why do the media and politicians always think they are smarter and stand at higher moral ground so they can criticize other countries and other folks at will?


The media and politicians like to cite statements and information from the leaders of the Tibetan "exile government".  The information provided by them is largely fabrications and distortions.  For example, the numbers and names of Tibetans arrested by the authorities of the central government of China in one place are just plain lies.


Many Americans still remember that an Iraqi in exile gave the U.S. a lot of information about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction program before the U.S. invaded Iraq.  Later it turned out all these were fabrications and that liar is nowhere to be found now.  The American people have paid heavily for this war, namely over 4,000 lives of young Americans and a trillion dollars. (Besides, according to some American physicians and experts who have been in Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people lost their lives directly or indirectly due to this war.)


Q44:  Have the American people learnt from the Iraq War lessons not to be fooled and manipulated by the media, politicians and liars?


After the 1959 riot, the property of riot participant landlords was confiscated.  Those landlords who did not participate in the riot were paid for their property by the central government.  All land was distributed to former serfs and slaves.  Then over 90% of Tibetans tasted their freedom for the first time.


Q45:  Should the Tibetans in exile go back to Tibet and reclaim their or their forefathers' property and slaves so that they can continue their human rights and their religion freedom?


Q46:  Or should they either return to Tibet as ordinary citizens to make their contributions to build a prosperous, harmonious and joyful Tibet, or remain in and make contributions to the countries where they are now and bring harmony to the world?


Now there are about 2.8 million people in Tibet, of which about 90% are Tibetan, while the rest are Han and of other ethnicities. Now the life expectancy in Tibet is 67 years. 


There is a university in Tibet; there are 22,000 teachers in Tibet; some tests are in the Tibetan language; farmers' and herdsmen's children are entitled to have schooling with free tuition, board and room.  Little boys no longer need to become monks in order to have food and to change the family's fate.


Q47:  Are all these the extinction of Tibetan culture?  Should Tibet be restored back to the situation 50 years ago in which 94% of the population was illiterate?


Q48:  If the central government of China does not help the Tibetans build roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, airports and railroads, would the media and politicians in the U.S. and Europe criticize the central government for neglecting the Tibetans' needs and well-being?


The central government of China has spent a lot of money to fix up and upgrade monasteries.  The farmers and herdsmen no longer need to give up all their savings to monasteries (of course they can if they want to).


Now in Tibet, there are over 1,700 Buddhist monasteries and centers with about 46,000 monks, 4 mosques with about 3,000 Muslims and one church with about 700 Catholics (yes, Catholics!).


Q49:  So, do the Tibetans have no religion freedom or do they have more religion freedom now?


There is a famous story about a Tibetan hero.  It is the world's longest, far longer than the Greek Homer's stories.  It was not recorded in writing.  Rather it was passed on verbally from generation to generation.  The central government of China has made an effort to rescue it by recording it from the old folks.  Up to now the recording already lasts over 5,000 hours, and is still only a fraction of the whole story.


Q50:  Is the government of China preserving or extinguishing Tibetan culture?


At present, the Tibetan language is still a social language (alongside the Chinese Mandarin) and is also the language in court for Tibetan affairs.  Farmers and herdsmen are still using the Tibetan language.


From the recent events pertaining to Tibet and the Olympics, we can see how badly the American and Western European people are cheated by the media, the politicians and the so-called advocates.  Prejudice, bias, unfairness and double standards are already bad enough.  Manipulation, fabrication, twisting, lying and maliciously and slanderously degrading a whole ethnic group in America is going on in the name of democracy, freedom of press, human rights and freedom of religion.


Q51:  How much do you know about how the media and politicians cheat and manipulate the American and European people in attacking China and Chinese people with the issues of human rights, Darfur, currency exchange, unfair trading practices, job losses, and product safety?


(Oh, by the way, do you know that China received contaminated grain shipments from the U.S.?  Have you tasted the American made potato chips sold in China containing an ingredient which is not allowed in the U.S.?  Can you imagine that China received so-called charitable medical shipments from the U.S. containing expired medicines, dirty and filthy used gauze?  Of course, you are not aware of this.  The Chinese do not like to make a big fuss over what they do not like. They do not believe screaming and yelling is a civilized and productive way to handle problems.)


China is a big country with a big population but limited resources.  The government and the people face a lot of problems and challenges every day.  They make mistakes and they advance by learning from mistakes.  Which family in any place on earth has no problem and does not make mistakes, especially a big family?  Each family has to work out its internal problems.  So does a country.


Q52:  Why do the media, the politicians and the so-called advocates always think they are smarter and stand at higher moral ground such that they can unfairly criticize other countries, freely interfere in other country's internal affairs, irresponsibly cause turmoil and instability in other countries and maliciously degrade other peoples?


Q53:  Other than malicious intent by some politicians and media, why should people in America and Western Europe allow the politicians  and media to hang on to their prejudices, bias and chauvinism against China and Chinese people? 


Q54:  Are the media and politicians' malicious behavior good for the peoples of the U.S. and China?


While China is rising from the misery of being bullied by foreign forces for over a century, and is getting out from the political turmoil of three decades ago, the Chinese people now have a chance to appreciate and celebrate their hard-earned results in the recent 30 years by hosting the Olympic Games for the good spirit of the people in 200 countries of the world.


Q52:  While China and the Chinese are not perfect, do they have the right to have joy and fun with the rest of the people in the world?  If you do not like someone to mess up a celebration party in your house, then why should the media, the politicians and the so-called advocates spoil the festivity with fabrications, slander, violence, terrorist acts, and other malicious deeds?!


Q53:  Can we have respect, friendship, co-operation and harmony among countries and among peoples?


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Y. C. Chang has been a Chicago based insurance and finance agent for over 25 years. He was admitted to Marquis'"Who's Who in Finance and Industry," "Who's Who among Human Services Professionals," "Who's Who in America' and "Who's Who in the World." Chang is a frequent contributor of articles on insurance subjects and a speaker in industry conferences. He has published a Chinese book Life Insurance Frankly and Truthfully in Beijing, 2007. He also writes articles on social events and community matters. Readers can reach him at wiseachang@yahoo.com, or fax 630-986-5941.
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