Beijing intends to destroy the Tibetan indentity and to achieve that goal they'd stoop to anything including the 'importation' of foreign religions. On a slightly related note, I have little to none respect for people who want to encourage others to give up their beliefs and adopt what the missionaries brought along.If they really respected the culture they'd leave the Tibetans alone.Chris and Sarah have a strong affinity for Tibetan culture, even if elements of Tibetan religion strike them as sinister or harsh: its icons, the shamanistic rituals, the draconian precepts of reincarnation. "I love these people so much, and I feel like I … I want them to be free from fear," said Sarah. God, she said, brought her overwhelming feelings of love and compassion – feelings she wanted her Tibetan friends to share. Yet so far, progress has been slow. "You can't expect to go into this really rocky field and immediately plant corn," she continued. "It's going to take some time."
I'm asking for nothing. All I was saying is that self-declared "affinity" to a culture and the desire to replace a crucial part of it don't go together.
A lot of people like Arab culture but wish they'd lay off the honor killings and Jihad.
A lot of people like American culture but wish we'd stop exporting crappy movies and Taylor Swift hate songs.
I like some aspects of German culture but I was pretty horrified to see 70 year old dudes laying out in the Tiergarten butt *****.
Keep the good, replace the bad.
class act...[*******#333333]Some lure young Tibetans with the promise of English lessons or professional training and coax them into conversion after making sure of their loyalty. Various Tibetans in Xining expressed disgust with this tactic. One likened it to bribery.[/COLOR]
If anyone destroys culture it is those missionaries
US missionaries managed to complete the work of the conquistadors in Latin America by destroying the remains of precolumbian culture and religion (of which surprisingly much had survived between a thin veneer of catholicism) and now they're at it in Tibet.
If I were the chinese I would tolerate mainstream christianity (Catholicism, Lutheranism, Orthodoxy) but fight the US evanglical church industry.
This is not "freedom of ideas" but multibillion dollar cooperations preying on the weak.
What the heck...
I'm not sure what education and financial means have to do with it. People are either convinced or they aren't.
You should read up on the growth of Christianity in the Third World. Most of it is not spread by western missionaries but by religious leaders preaching to their own cultures and communities. In fact many of these places have turned the tables and are now sending missionaries to western nations. For example In college I lived in a dorm with a kid from South Korea whose dad came to the US to preach Christianity to Americans. There's a church near where I live that was founded by missionaries from Rwanda to the United States.
The Tibetans have similar culture with Han Chinese people. They both speak the Sino-Tibet language group and buddisim has influenced both people since the Han Dynasty. Western activist tend to have an romantic vision of the Tibetern situation but they forget that Tibet once calmed China itself.