I’m feeling really torn; between my love of China (my obsession, in fact) and distress at what is happening in Tibet. Similarly, I cannot wait for the Olympics in Beijing, and yet I am uneasy about my resultant lack of interest in supporting the boycott of the Games over Darfur and Tibet. Thus, I felt it was wrong for me not to recognise here the ‘cultural genocide’* taking place under the aegis of the Chinese authorities, even though it is decidedly off-topic. ‘Though, having said that, contemporary Chinese activities in Tibet are likely to have a big impact on the image of China in the West, especially given the current attention focused on Chinese heritage and culture. Though only if the media gives it full and due attention (something that appears a little lacking at present, IMHO).
Anyway, Jeremiah and the Peking Duck community are doing a valiant job at keeping readers informed and updated about the situation in Tibet.
In other news, my total lack of posts in recent weeks is mainly due to the fact that I am now well into the writing-up process. And it’s sapping most of my time and energy (as it should!).
*The Dalai Lama’s words, not mine – ‘though I am inclined to agree.