Cultural Genocide

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Chinese guards

The presence of the Chinese Army is felt everywhere in Lhasa (photos Australian Tibet Network)

Chinese concrete

Chinese concrete is present in the remotest of towns

"The situation is that whether intentionally or unintentionally a sort of cultural genocide is happening in Tibet. And if losing
independence is acceptable, on the contrary losing one's culture,
accepting the destruction of our spirituality, of Tibetan Buddhism, is
unthinkable" The Dalai Lama

The Chinese began to force assimilation of the Tibetan culture into mainstream communist Chinese society by moving Chinese into Tibet, destroying monasteries, and setting up a public school system in which Tibetan children would learn Chinese propaganda, language and culture. This cultural genocide has dramatically changed Tibet. Today there are more Chinese living in Tibet than Tibetans, the number of monks and nuns has been dramatically reduced, and Tibetan children are growing up knowing little of their culture. 

The word "genocide" must be used with care. Our world and our century have seen countless abominable massacres, and it is easy to slip into the use of the word to denote such atrocities. We should, however, restrict it to those crimes before high heaven which are truly designated by it. If we do so, and if we consider only the last sixty years, there are four such mass murders which can justifiably carry the terrible brand. They are: the Jewish Holocaust, the Stalin Terror, the bloodthirst of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, and what was done to the people and culture of Tibet during the miserable lust for death and torture unleashed by the mad Mao Tse-tung under the name of "The Cultural Revolution".
- Bernard Levin, The Times, September 7, 1990 (Introductory Quote From Mary Craig's, Tears of Blood: A Cry of Tibet)


Part of The Tibet Exhibit