In the post 1959 period, the Tibetan people have spread throughout the world, initially forcefully on account of the Chinese onslaught into Tibet. Today, many Tibetans are resettling in different parts of the world in search of a better career. Wherever they may be and whatever new national identity they have assumed, Tibetans continue to be closely involved with issues affecting the Tibetan nation and people.
More importantly, as Tibetans are exposed to different culture and lifestyle, it is posing a challenge to the continuation of the Tibetan identity. How important is it being Tibetan in today’s world, whether it is in Tibet, the United States or in India or in Europe? What is Tibetan identity? Is there a form and substance to it? What can be done to further the Tibetan cause and to be Tibetan while adapting to the changes in our social situation. These are issues on which Tibetans have been thinking over. However, there is a distinct lack of accessible information to the new generation of Tibetans on matters relating to themselves. This has been a weakness of our society. People do not get enough information to make a considered decision, whether it is the upbringing of their children, or election of Tibetan representatives or organising community activities.
In my own way I have tried to share my thoughts on matters relating to the Tibetan people in different media outlets. I am providing them here so that you, too, can take a look and understand the Tibetan people better.
Bhuchung K. Tsering