“A Knot in our Hearts”

An anonymous Tibetan CCP cadre plans to publish a book about his country. According to Der Spiegel, he has served the Chinese government since his youth, but has now decided to write a recent history of Tibet. He reportedly quotes witnesses, but also seems to be describing his personal initial enthusiasm, and his growing disillusionment over the years.

His point of view as described by Der Spiegel does not come across as “secessionist”, although the article doesn’t seem to allow conclusions as to how the official sees Tibet’s future in this regard – and I would be curious about the book itself.



Quote: “Serf Emancipaton Day”, March 28, 2009


2 Comments to ““A Knot in our Hearts””

  1. Saw this on FB today. Explosive if true, but it makes claims like this –

    ” . . . he, a respected official [is] in fact a Tibetan dissident who compares the “fate of the Tibetans” with that of the Jews under the Nazis”

    And then backs it up with fairly well-known instances of massacres, torture, and oppression, none of which happened more recently than the late 1980’s. Sounds a bit hyperbolic even given the despicable nature of what he describes.


  2. Once someone claims that a CCP official authors a critical account, counter-claims will shoot up right away. The fact that his account may end in the late 1980s does make the story look more likely to me than if it went on until, say, 2008 or even beyond. Might suggest that the official has moved to the central bureaucracy since.

    One of the reasons I hope to learn about the book once it is published (if ever) is that I’d like to get more than the glimpse the article offers. It might then be the right time to come to vague or not so vague conclusions if it is something real.

    The Nazi comparison is unpleasant, but seems to become a regular ingredient of everything that is meant to stirr people – be it from the CCP propaganda department, be it from the opposition, be it in the Western media. Don’t know how many times I’ve heard ordinary Chinese people say that overseas Chinese in South-East Asia are “the Asian jews”.


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