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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Monday, February 23, 2004

NPR : Tibet 'Treasures' Exhibit Prompts Protests

NPR : Tibet 'Treasures' Exhibit Prompts Protests

An exhibit of Tibetan art which opened in California has apparently aroused protests from "Tibetan Exiles" according to a local radio station.

Regardless of the political situation in Tibet or Xinjiang the cultures of the these peoples must be celebrated and I would think it highly unlikely that either would have "protested' against any exhibition of their art unless it was run by the Chinese government for propaganda reasons.

Any publicity is good publicity for the cause of the Uygurs and Tibetans but I am continually amazed that a small Tibetan art exhibition in a town in California can make it into the work news when the Uygur, whose cultural art by the way is of a high calibre as well, rarely rate any media coverage.

I will make it a subject of a post one day as to why this is so for the dynamics of international "protest" is very intriguing.

Check out the five photos they have in the article, it is worth the visit.