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Overseas Tibetans: Americans have serious prejudice against Tibet
10:43, February 25, 2010  

Oversea Tibetans in the U.S. deemed Americans have serious misunderstanding and prejudice against China's Tibet and people there, according to a current report from the U.S. Qiaobao.

Some Tibetans living in U.S. said while contacting with local people they found many of them have misunderstanding and prejudice against Tibet and Tibetan people.

Dbyangscan Lhamo, sponsor as well as chairman of the Council of China Overseas Tibetan Association said in the inaugural ceremony of the association on Feb. 21 that many of her American friends sympathized with Tibetans because they thought Tibetans were very poor and had been bullied. However, they are wrong since they have prejudice against Tibet. The fact is that Tibetan-inhabited areas are economically backward, but Tibetans have never been bullied.

Born in a Tibetan family and married a Han people, Dbyangscan Lhamo said the purpose of setting up the China Overseas Tibetan Association is to share Tibetans' spirit of happiness and optimism with people all over the world.

According to Tashi Dorje, who has been living in America for four years, the prejudice against Tibet in the U.S. is serious. The images of Tibet in their minds are built up by hearsay since they are actually ignorant of things about Tibet.

As a singer, Tashi Dorje participated in the protest against the U.S. President Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama on Feb. 21. He said Tibet was very dirty and disordered in the past, which is quite different from current appearance.

The report pointed out that some oversea Chinese who have lived in America for long were also ignorant of Tibet. For example, of the two Taiwanese joining in the current protest against Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama, one thought the life expectancy of Tibetan people was only 40 years old, while another asked a Tibetan :"Do Tibetan women still marry more than one husbands now?"

Source:China Tibet Information Center

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