Two of the most commented threads over the last week relate to Tibet. Even a neutral posting on the administration of the website has also somehow “devolved” into a debate over Tibet.
I don’t mean to drag the conversation on, but I do want to point people to two relatively short readings that could prove helpful to future discussions on Tibet.
The first is a summary of a UCLA talk on whether it is fair to characterize Tibet as undergoing cultural genocide. It is a fascinating read….
The second is a Foreign Affairs article written by Prof. Melvyn Goldstein some 10 years ago.
Prof. Melvyn Goldstein is one of the most respected scholars from the West on Tibet. He has been known to be sympathetic to the Dalai Lama, and I strongly disagree with his suggestion of ethnic segregation as a solution forward. But I personally think Prof. Goldstein does provide a good-faith (though Western-centric) analysis of the issues behind Tibet – and many of his insights into the conflict hold as true today as 10 years ago.