Inside the Occupation of Tibet
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Part 2 10 months ago
An exile Tibetan students sings a patriotic song on the occasion of World Human Rights Day and to commemorate the conferment of 1989 Nobel Peace Prize to the Dalai Lama, in McLeod Ganj, India, on 10 December 2012. Via Tibet Sun/Lobsang WangyalIt is not only the loss of material culture and the manipulation of Tibet’s physical environment that is being used to de-settle these Tibetans. Inside Tibet there is a huge imbalance in social and economic participation. After government sponsored migration to minority areas in the 1990’s, ‘Frontier Hans’ (Chinese moving to border areas for economic prosperity) grew to an unprecedented number. Although government authorities officially insist that Tibetans remain a majority, the truth is they are now only half of the population of their own region, and this number is dwindling every year. The large number of Han Chinese meant social separation from Tibetans was easy, and consequently discrimination and ethnic frustration raged. Non-Tibetans also fell easily into the job market, speaking Mandarin, the official language, and having the all-important political and professional networking links, Han Chinese gained high level official jobs and professional positions. In contrast, Tibetans struggled to gain employment. Mandarin language was instated as the official language of the region, with Tibetan being commonly dropped at primary school age. Even those Tibetans who manage to gain proficiency in Mandarin remain at a huge disadvantage as employers carry an inherent discrimination towards ethnic employees.