New Media Project: Chinese Government vs. Tibetan Buddhism

Posted on December 13, 2013 by

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            Buddhist monks are being over powered by all of the Chinese tourists in their Monastery.  However, the Chinese would argue that they have brought unprecedented achievements with their “correct policies.”  My articles all make arguments answering the question, are the Chinese illegally destroying the Tibetan race, religion, and culture?  The result of these actions from the Chinese government have led to self-immolations and other protests.  This urgent situation has yet to find a solution.

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Both Reuters and The New York Times (4) gave valid points and opinions for both sides of the argument.   However, reading each of them seems to un-intentionally provide a bias towards Tibet, even though the articles didn’t make it clear which side they supported. These articles were written by people who are not in the situation themselves.  The first impression that they give is biased towards Tibet.  For example, this is the first paragraph from the Reuters article:

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The quotations around the word “correct” give the impression that it is in fact the opposite.  Also, instead of using “slamming,” they could have said “opposing,” or anything a little less harsh.  This article takes most of their argument form this government white paper mentioned above, but we are never given the real name of the paper. It is easy to tell the point of view of the said paper.  They see the government as the “good,” and Tibet as the “bad.”  This article gave the quote, “Today’s Tibet is developing economically, making progress politically, has a flourishing culture, a harmonious society and a good environment;its people are happy and healthy.” At some points during these articles the coverage makes you feel like the Chinese are sincerely trying to help Tibet to grow and flourish.  This article never mentions the self-immolations, or other protests of the Buddhists.

Both of the articles that I chose from The Tibet Post, (2 and 5), and The New York Times article (3), were very biased towards Tibet.  They gave the clear impression that the Tibetan Buddhists were in the right and the Chinese in the wrong. The fact that The Tibet Post articles were clearly written from the Tibetan’s point of view makes them seem somewhat less reliable.  However, these articles only stated facts and quotes, not opinions.  My second source (The Tibet Post) starts with a quote from a speaker of the Tibetan Parliament about how the insincerity, hypocrisy and true face of Chinese communist autocrats are illegally destroying the Tibetan race, religion and culture. This first impression of the article makes it clear which side of the argument this author stands on.  My third source, (New York Times) starts the first paragraph with a description of buddhist monks being hurried along in their own Monastery to ignore the Chinese tourists following their every move.  The source of most of their quotations were from interviews of young monks, which helps provide their point of view. This gives an overall feeling of bias for Tibet. These articles all make you feel sympathy for these Tibetan Buddhists, even if that was not the authors intention.

Sources:

  1.  ( 23Blanchard, Ben. “China Says Tibet Policy ‘correct,’ No Turning Back.” Reuters, 22 Oct. 2013. Web. 28. Oct. 2013. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/22/us-china-tibet-idUSBRE99L04N20131022
  2. Choesang, Yeshe. “China Destroying Religion and Culture of Tibet Illegally.” The Tibet Post International, 3 Sep. 2013. Web. 28. Oct. 13. http://www.thetibetpost.com/en/news/exile/3610-china-destroying-religion-and-culture-of-tibet-illegally
  3. Levin, Dan. “Tibetans Call China’s Policies at Tourist Spot Tacit but Stifling.” The New York Times, 24 Oct. 2013. Web. 28. Oct. 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/25/world/asia/tibetan-monks-describe-a-web-of-unseen-controls.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1
  4. Wong, Edward. “3 Arrested in Death of Tibetan Religious Leader in China.” The New York Times, 9 Oct. 2013. Web. 28. Oct. 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/10/world/asia/tibetan-religious-leader-is-stabbed-to-death-in-china.html?_r=1&
  5. “We Are Not Seeking to Secede From China: Top Tibetan Official.” The Tibet Post International, 27 Aug. 2012. Web. 23. Nov. 2013. http://www.thetibetpost.com/en/news/international/2807-we-are-not-seeking-to-secede-from-china-top-tibetan-official
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