Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tibet Continues to Experience Oppression by Chinese Government

Today marks the commemoration of the Tibetan "abortive 1959 uprising against Chinese rule" and the latest show of force by Chinese police on the streets of Lhasa was meant to prevent any uprising by locals ("Hundreds Held in Pre-Emptive Tibet Crackdown" - Times Online (UK), March 10, 2010). The police made a point to ask for identification from Tibetans and not ethnic Chinese minority residents. An estimated 500 Tibetans were detained by Chinese police in this latest incident. The exiled Dalai Lama stated that he recognizes "those Tibetans still enduring fear and oppression."

Review selected library titles related to Tibet and the Dalai Lama at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library. Call the library at 281-290-3219 to check your PIN if you do not remember it. Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • Tibet
  • Dalai Lama
  • China Tibet relations
Tibet book coverTibet edited by Clare Hanrahan - Greenhaven, 2009.
call number: 951.505 Tib
The book covers such topics as "Chinese rule threatens Tibetan Buddhism" and "Tibetan quality of life has improved under Chinese Rule" - table of contents excerpt

Why the Dalai Lama Matters book coverWhy the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World by Robert Thurman - Atria Books/Beyond Words, 2008.
call number: 294.392 Thu
"Tibetan scholar Thurman paints a splendid portrait of the Dalai Lama and masterfully elucidates the 50-year-old conflict between Tibet and China in this timely analysis." - Publishers Weekly review excerpt

China's Tibet book coverChina's Tibet?: Autonomy or Assimilation by Warren W. Smith, Jr. - Rowman & Littlefield, 2008.
call number: 951.506 Smi
"Smith (Tibetan service, Radio Free Asia) provides a thorough and specialized study of relations between the two entities over the last century. He argues that assimilation is China's goal for Tibet: Tibet is becoming more Chinese and less Tibetan, as demonstrated by the recent mass immigration of Chinese into Tibet and China's dominance of both the government and the economy." - Library Journal review excerpt

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama DVD cover10 Questions for the Dalai Lama [videorecording]: One Man's Journey through the Northern Himalayas produced by Rick Ray and Sharon Ray; written, directed and filmed by Rick Ray - Monterey Video, 2007.
call number: DVD Nonfiction 294.365 Ten
"If you had only one hour, what would you ask the Dalai Lama? This is the question that Rick Ray asks, and answers, in this excellent film." - Library Journal review excerpt