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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, March 08, 2004

Life in Diaspora:Tibetans find a haven in Toronto

TheStar.com - Tibetans find a haven in Parkdale

Jewel The Dalai Lama- Courtesy AP and the BBCLike the appoximate 1 million Uygurs living away from their homeland some 140,000 Tibetans also call somewhere else but Tibet home these days..

If I give these children a biscuit, they'll eat it and forget. If I give them culture, it stays from generation to generation

-Tsedon Jamatsang Tibetan Exile-

But whilst it is their physical home, these places of their diaspora, the lofty mountains of Tibet and the verdant oases of Xinjiang remain their spiritual homes.

This story is about one of those communities in diaspora, a large Tibetan enclave in downtown Toronto in Canada.

In the article the Tibetans talk of their love for "Jewel", not the popstar but the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the world's 8.5 million Tibetans.

They speak of the importance of keeping their culture and language alive but as well they acknowledge all that their new country has given them.

Most of all they wish to see their homeland again.