Since the Tibetan riot and massive media distortion began, I’ve been reading different posts, threads, essays and arguments over the Tibetan issue. When pro- and anti-China groups clash over the issue, it usually goes like this:
Anti- China (A): Free Tibet!
Pro-China (P): Tibet belongs to China, no need to free!
A: China invaded Tibet!
P: No invasion. Here is the proof…
A1: fake! it’s all commie propaganda!
A2: Invasion or not, Tibetan has the right the be free! You suppress… oppress…inhibit…Especially, you don’t have religious freedom.
P: That’s not true. Here is the facts…
A1: Liar! You people are brainwashed!
A2: Still, you don’t have human rights there! People there are poor and having a miserable life!
P: That’s not true either. Chinese Tibetans live happily there and we have very good policy and affirmative action for Chinese Tibetans, here are the evidences…
A1: Propanganda! Liars!
A2: Policy or not, there is cultural genocide in Tibet.
P: There’s no cultural genocide in Tibet, here is the evidence…
A1:Propaganda! Paid CCP agent!
A2: Still, too many Han ethnic people are there. Tibetans are soon to be assimilated.
A3: No cultural genocide? They are now living in apartments instead of tent! They wear jeans instead of traditional robes! It’s not Tibetan cultural in the past! Isn’t that cultural genocide?!
P: Not really, majority of the population is still Tibetan. Here is the proof…And yes, people wear jeans instead of robes, they also eat KFC and drink coca cola–but that kind of activities happens voluntarily.
A1: Propaganda! Never believe anything commie says.
A2: OK, riot or not, protesters may go a little bit far. But I think they meant good. DALAI is good. He has nothing to do with this.
P: Dalai has everything to do with this. Here are some of the facts…
A2: There is no proof about him giving the order directly! He SAID he loves peace! You government is lying and doesn’t respect the Tibetan spiritual leader!
P: He’s not the leader of all Tibetans, he’s just the leader of the Gelu sect. And there is more information about Dalai… He is not what he said he is.
A2: I really don’t believe these information. If you are telling the truth, how come the whole world is against you? Whatever you say, China has serious human rights problems. The whole world is pissed off.
P1: We should focus on the issues in Tibet, not China in general.
P2: We do have human rights problems, so does US.
P3: It’s not the whole world against us. it’s the world you know against us.
A1: So what? The American Natives are in the past! We now are one of the countries that best practice human rights!
P: Remember IRAQ? Hypocrite!
A2: So what? We can’t criticize you just because we claim war on IRAQ? You Chinese can criticize us too.
A3: I am against US government too. But I have freedom of speech to against Bush and you don’t.
P: It takes time to solve problem and make changes. China is making progress toward democracy. Here is some proof…
A2: You are so brainwashed. You government is pure evil and you still think it can become good.
A3: You government is evil, it…, it…, it…, it… So whatever happened in Tibet is not important, you should overthrow your government!
A1: Commies sell junks to us! Take our jobs away! Own our debts! They are polluters! Free Tibet! Free China!
Usually at this stage, pro-China people withdraw. Some anti-China people are convinced during the process. For those who can not be convinced even with mounted evidence, I call them anti-China fundamentalists. Because in the end, it’s NEVER about the benefit/human rights of Chinese, it’s simply hooraying everything against China, denouncing everything in China and ignoring voices from China. Amid all these debates, there is one question I always want to ask: Do you REALLY know or care what Chinese or Chinese Tibetans want when you shout ‘free Tibet’ or ‘free China’?