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Why does the issue of Tibet rouse such passions on both sides? To find out Annelie Rozeboom interviewed Tibetans inside and outside Tibet as well as Chinese and Western observers and the Dalai Lama himself As these people explain their experiences the reader sees why they think the way they do and why the Tibetans and Chinese have taken such opposing positions A collection of very different viewpoints which look at Tibet from all angles


10 thoughts on “Waiting for the Dalai Lama

  1. says:

    I received this book for free in return for a reviewI’ve always been interested in Tibet but knew very little about the country I knew of course who the Dalai Lama was and that he was in exile but that was mostly itI’m now much knowledgeable about Tibet The book is written in a fresh journalistic style as befitting the author’s profession She lived in China for ten years For the book she interviewed various TibetansChinese and got their viewpoints and stories which are written down in their own words Thus some of the information given is slightly conflicting since everyone had their own anglesPerhaps I should first make it clear in case there’s anyone out there that doesn’t know that Tibet is now a part of China and strictly controlled by the Chinese while Tibetans and the Dalai Lama want independenceThe book is well written easy to read and extremely informative We learn about the poverty of the Tibetans Tibet being described as “a country of beggars” The children receive little or poor education and even if there is a school in a village “you might have to learn Chinese first” in order to understand the teaching Many parents send their children “on a two week walk through snow and ice” to get an education in India as far as I understand We’re told about the Panchen Lama Choekyi Gyaltsen who apparently was the Tibetan leader after the Dalai Lama’s exit I’d never previously heard of him He is now deceased but spent his life criticizing China’s policies in Tibet and trying to modernize his country “He asked for environmental protection freedom and money He denounced the harsh punishments after the revolts and described how the communes during the Great Leap Forward led to famine” But the Tibetans disagree about the merits and achievements of the Panchen LamaBuddhism is tolerated in Tibet and the Tibetans are allowed to worship But in the new Tibet “there is no deep religious study” The Chinese effect impressive restorations of monasteries and the palace of the Dalai Lama but the monks feel oppressed since they live under strict restrictions If a monastery or a Buddhist teacher becomes too powerful the Chinese authorities start a campaignThe Tibetans have a great belief in spirits and demons Even the Dalai Lama consults the state oracle the Nechung before deciding any major issueThere is a chapter about the exile government in Dharamsala in India A large community of Tibetans lives here together with the Dalai Lama Tibetan children are sent here to receive an education in the Tibetan schools that have been set up Nowadays the Dalai Lama does not insist on independence for Tibet but has put forward a peace plan called the Middle Path whose main suggestion is that while waiting for complete independence Tibet could be an autonomous region for a while “China would take care of Tibet’s foreign affairs and military defence and the Dalai Lama would go back as a religious leader” He has also several other stipulations of courseThe book concludes with the writer’s audience with the Dalai Lama a fitting close to her accountIt contains much than I have indicated also about the condition of Tibetan women and their democratic association to improve their circumstances If there is a negative feature of the book it might be that with all the various persons expressing their viewpoints one can get a bit confused about who is talking And unless you’re extremely knowledgeable about the area you might be unclear about where the various places are in China Tibet or India for instance Perhaps the author should have included a few maps showing the areas she’s discussingI absolutely recommend that you read this book if you have any interest in Tibet – it was an enjoyable read for me


  2. says:

    Cairns Magazine at wwwcairnsmediacomA glance at Dutch journalist Annelie Rozeboom's insightful book Waiting For the Dalai Lama Stories From All Sides in the Tibetan Debate 2011 Blacksmith Books Hong Kong 222 pages should be enough to have many readers reaching for itThe truth about China's occupation and human rights violations in Tibet obscured by propaganda thicker than billowy clouds in the Himalayas isn't easily found By tackling this topic with supreme professionalism the author does almost everyone a big favorMind you China's Communist leaders fear and detest books like this because the author never bows to their commands despite probing at issues near to their hearts“Redi vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress puts on his annual meet the press face small round and annoyed Exasperated he stares at the rows of Western journalists in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing He looks them straight in the eyes After the third uestion about human rights issues in Tibet and the Dalai Lama he bursts out ‘All of you think that the old Tibet was so great But we didn't have anything to eat My brother died of starvation Myself I was bitten by dogs while I begged in the streets I still have the scars You call that a life?’ ”In 1950 Chinese troops invaded Tibet Nine years later the Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala India to live in exile with thousands of followers “The longer the situation in Tibet lasts the fewer people try to go back Most of the young people who live in Dharamsala have never been to Tibet They are fighting for independence for a country that they have never seen”The Chinese government vilifies the Dalai Lama as “a separatist troublemaker” but many Tibetans hope and wait for him to return soon Meanwhile the Dalai Lama travels the world to seek support for Tibetan autonomy “Western diplomats would like to do something to ensure better treatment of the Tibetan people and bring about serious negotiations between China and the Dalai Lama And it would help if the local cadres and police would treat the people as if they were human as opposed to separatist enemies who need to be crushed”The author summarizes China's policy “Tibet gets some of the profits but freedom is out of the uestion” A Chinese official in Lhasa Tibet's capital explains that Tibetans want riches and development “It's like that everywhere in the world and there is absolutely no reason why this would be different in Tibet” Rozeboom calls him partly right “Of course the Tibetans want to develop But they are also deeply religious and if they had to choose between their faith and the Chinese plans for development the Chinese wouldn't stand a chance”Most statements by China's authoritarian regime prove mainly that the truth lies elsewhere Unrestrained by an opposition or a free press Beijing's representatives often blatantly lie or spin the truth so far out of shape that it's unrecognizableFacing Chinese distortions the Tibetan exiles may veer to the opposite extreme “the authorities in exile give you all their figures They state that since the Chinese invasion of Tibet 12 million Tibetans have died Some were executed others starved The Chinese media deny these claims of course”By listening and reporting the words of both sides the Chinese speaking Rozeboom nobly tries to make sense of it all “Both sides always declare that they are ready to hold talks without any preconditions and then immediately start making up stipulations”The author looks listens and reveals with helpful clarity “As a visitor who is not looking for spirituality I find the temples in Tibet dirty dark and depressing Even the Potala the Dalai Lama's old palace is like a castle from the middle ages”The author interviews Chinese officials and ordinary citizens plus Tibetans inside and outside of Tibet among them monks nomads farmers intellectuals refugees and even a professional imitator of Mao Zedong Her presentation peaks when she converses with the Dalai Lama himselfTibetans have witnessed terrible things Many have endured imprisonment and torture “After my arrest the officials abused me kicked me and beat me with rifle butts Blood was streaming out of my nose and mouth”“There are indoctrination attempts everywhere in Lhasa Everyone seems to receive lessons in ‘patriotic behavior' And the authorities don't seem to trust anyone You can feel the tension and the us against them thinking everywhere”After so many decades of trying has China won the hearts of many Tibetans? That's another uestion with vastly different answers depending on who replies In fact demonstrations protests and shows of defiance happen regularly “the the Chinese authorities try to oppress the demonstrators the determined they get”“Even in uiet times Tibetans get arrested for all kinds of reasons talking to foreign reporters singing patriotic songs hanging posters or even just being in possession of the autobiography of the Dalai Lama”As a long time European correspondent in China Rozeboom often reported on the country's economic rise and its dubious deeds in Tibet Now living in Madagascar she teaches journalism and English and runs an English newspaperAlmost everything that's revealed in Waiting For the Dalai Lama sends extra rays of light into dark corners of the Tibet debate taking readers closer to an objective accurate assessment Will anyone else in Asia publish a forthright and revealing book this year? Unlike most uestions about Tibet this one has an obvious answer – almost certainly notApproval rating 95 per centFor information wwwblacksmithbookscom


  3. says:

    This is an interesting book and gives an idea of the situation in Tibet both now and historically While it claims to cover all sides of the debate it mostly focuses on Tibetans some pro China and some anti China Stories are told by people who were around when the Chinese invaded and those too young to remember a Tibet without the Chinese occupiers Overall this book has a pro Tibetanti China perspective but really how can one defend what the Chinese have done to these proud deeply religious people


  4. says:

    “‘It’s better if the Dalai Lama doesn’t come back Now he is working for Tibet’s independence and he can only do this abroad Here he would be put away in a monastery somewhere It could even be dangerous I think that the situation in Tibet won’t change until China changes As soon as they become liberal and democratic maybe we can find a solution And until that time all those who can stand to be in India should stay there because their work is very important’”The above uotation comes from Kagya a “returned exile” a Tibetan who escaped into India only to later return to Tibet because of illness He is now studying at a Chinese university and keeps his studies in India a secretThese are the kind of people you meet in Annelie Rozeboom’s book “Waiting for the Dalai Lama Stories From All Sides of the Tibetan Debate” Rozeboom was a journalist in China for 11 yearsThe book is a collection of interviews and impressions without a cohesive narrative thread This can be disorienting at first but the characters you meet in the pages are truly remarkable Tibetan leaders in the Chinese Communist Party resettled nomads scholars in exile Chinese individuals working in Tibet to improve the environment even a Tibetan Mao Zedong impersonatorDespite the title this book doesn’t uite address the Tibetan debate “from all sides”—there is clearly a pro Tibet bent Rozeboom doesn’t go into heavy details about the history between Tibet and China or the reasons China claims sovereignty over Tibet The word “invasion” is used to describe China’s involvement in Tibet in the 1950sWhat sparkles in this book are the real people Rozeboom met while traveling in China Tibet and India In the West we tend to think of the Tibet issue as being black and white but this book colors in a bit of the gray areas and brings forth people who lives are often forgottenWe tend to see every Tibetan exile as someone who was either climbed across the mountains or was raised in India We think of Tibetans inside Tibet being all monks and nuns and in constant suffering What we don’t see are those Tibetans who have prospered in their homeland or in exile those working for change and trying to do so within the structure that the CCP has put into place in Tibet We don’t see those Tibetans who are leaders within the CCP either with good or ill intentionsEvery story is important when it comes to the Tibet issue and this book does a great job at illustrating some of the many stories that get overlooked Rozeboom also references a lot of important books and people from Rinchen Lhamo’s “We Tibetans” to Tuesday Lobsang Rampa who is important for a really different and ridiculous reason that would be a great starting point for anyone wishing to further their knowledge on Tibet and society’s view of Tibet and Tibetan cultureProps to Rozeboom for being aware of her white privilege as well As she explains while she was in Lhasa she was not purposefully trying to cause a stir because it could very well bring those she spoke with in danger An American congressman once decided to carry out his own personal fact finding missing in Tibet He went on a tourist visa and kept his political identity hidden Once back in the United States he told the media expansively about the dire situation of human rights in the region The Chinese were furious It was the hotel owner who had rented a room to the congressman who was sanctioned He wasn’t allowed to receive any foreigners for six months and that while he probably had no idea of the secret intentions of the guest These kind of stories make me decide that I don’t want to visit Tibet secretly and unofficially I’d prefer to wait for a year than go as a tourist and bring anyone I talk to in danger Once in Lhasa I also don’t look for dissidents I don’t have the feeling that anyone is watching me or restricting my movements but again why endanger people when I can find enough refugees in India in the community of Tibetan exiles?”The congressman’s story is a complicated one On one hand it’s great that he went to Tibet and saw for himself the conditions and used his privilege to help tell the world On the other going so secretly means that he could have endangered a lot of ordinary Tibetans A six month ban on foreigners at the hotel he stayed at is perhaps the lightest punishment that could have resulted from his “good intentions”I’d recommend this book to anyone interested in Tibet from those who know very little to those who are “seasoned”My gratitude to Peter at Blacksmith Books for sending me a copy of this book


  5. says:

    Excellent book that interviews as many sides as there could be from CCP members to Tibetans in Tibet to Tibetans in India with different political beliefs That about sums it up The author is biased to the Tibetan side but hearing these stories it's hard not to be


  6. says:

    A book that has a simple and straightforward narration It does get monotonous and slow the narration even a little clumsy at places in the beginning but when you get attuned to the author's style of writing as with any other book the book picks up speed Much of the book are interviews the author had had with people who are in some way related either for or against the tibetan cause For that very reason this becomes a comprehensive detailing of the present day scenario of Tibet its people and politics This can be summed up as a great read for anyone wanting to dig deeper to get to know of the chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959 the cultural revolution that ensued in the 70's the lives of an entire generation of exiles who grew up in India and elsewhere and what it takes to persevere for an independent Tibet with China continuing to be an unyielding and suspicious colonial power The people interviewed range from exiles in India who work for the governement in exile Tibetans who where educated and indoctrinated by China and who work for the super power monks who stayed back or those who took refuge in India the Tibetan official oracler foriegn nationals about what Tibet and Buddhism means to them people of the youth congress who are radicalists modern day tibetans who take up new projects in Tibet in the hope of giving progress to the region Tibetan women associations who spread the word and at last the Dalai Lama himself The book says much about the democratic government in exile headed by the dalai lama who plays his role as both the spiritual as well as the political leader of the Tibetans And this book revealed a fact about the Buddhist religion that I was unaware of earlier that there are indeed two heads to the religion the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama being the leader of compassion and the leader of wisdom respectivelyWhatever arguments one might have the humans rights cultural and religious violations that China continues to do in Tibet over the past decades since its invasion are palpable and the prerogative treatment it shows to the Chinese is certainly distinctive than how unfairly it treats the Tibetans in terms of education development and progress This aspect about China is striking and even appalling At one point in the book there is an argument and a counter argument that just nails every perspective in placeChina had an excuse that old Tibet had a medieval barbaric culture unprogressive people abusive landlords and a serf system all of which they helped abolish But it must be acknowledged that what society existed in Tibet was not an excuse for China to invade the area No country is allowed to colonise annex occupy or invade another country just because its social structure does not please itFor on the cause I would recommend a follow up with 'WE THE TIBETANS' by RICHEN LHAMO and the 'FREEDOM IN EXILE THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE DALAI LAMA' And yes I would certainly love to read of Annelie Rozebooms works


  7. says:

    Good read good insights about tibet and its people