You may have read my recent post “Hope and Movement,” which looks at a variety of news sources showing forward-thinking and more outspoken international pressure toward the Chinese government to bring human rights back to their table. As an update, I share this article with you: the Tibet Sun reveals that China has said it will continue to refuse access to Tibet from foreign human rights watchers and reporters.
From Tibet Sun: Tibetan delegates pose for group photo in front of Great Hall of People, venue of the 18th National Congress of Communist Party of China in Beijing
Now, clearly, anyone who ‘doth protest so much’ has something to hide. Anyone can see that. The problem for “The People’s” Republic of China is, this isn’t a hidden issue anymore. China is struggling and bumbling in vain to right the curtain that hides their violations and injustices in Tibet which the Tibetan people, via the internet, have torn down. This is not maintainable. They are only fanning the fire they’ve started in an attempt to keep it down, when really, we all know the only solution is a cold, crisp bucket of water (i.e., to actually change their ways).
I can see from the trials and triumphs of history that, with any issue, the sun may look as though it is about to crest the horizon but instead waits there, hovering, for another forty years until the golden light graces the land. This certainly has been the case with Tibet. There were times when freedom looked imminent, when it seemed the struggle was almost won. Taking the chance that hindsight may smile patronizingly at me later, I can’t help but feel confident that Tibet will find relief soon. Maybe not the whole shebang overnight, but at least gradually. There is simply no way that the freedom of information that our internet – connected to seemingly endless venues and even the poorest of poor, now – that this great web, this vast cloud, could ever be truly monitored. The information can and will pass on. And the Chinese policemen may arrest a Tibetan for taking pictures with their iPhone or texting news to their family in India, but what’s done is done. Once it’s shared, it’s out there forever. This jihad against information – not just in Tibet and China, but everywhere – simply cannot sustain itself.
Friends! Our goal has been reached!
Just a moment ago, the final $10.00 of Restored Voice Project’s Kickstarter.com goal of $5,500 was pledged. This means that, in five minutes, when I walk down my rainy South St. Louis streets to FedEx and send along my visa application, the large fee that I’m fronting will soon be a part of the project’s budget. Then in five weeks, when I’m flying to India, I’ll have the funds I need for those planes, trains, and rikshas. And in five months, when I’m returning from India with the women’s photography and narratives in hand, I’ll have supplied the perfect camera, recording device, and translator for the job. (And for those of you who are picturing me shivering all alone in the mountains, rest assured that I’ll be able to afford a good yak’s wool blanket! No living in a Dharamsalan cardboard box this winter)
I can’t thank all of you enough – for supporting the project, for spreading the word, and for investing in this creative, empowering, educational project. Once it’s in our hands, it will be different than any other book we’ve read – not only because it’s a one-of-a-kind project, but also because we chose to make it a reality.
I am humbled, amazed, and thrilled. Ready, Set, Launch!
photo property of Tibetan Nuns Project