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Panel Discussion (4:00-5:30 Presentation and Discussion)
Exhibition Opening (5:30-6:45 Exhibition Opening and Music Performances)
23 young Tibetans have self immolated and numerous peaceful people rallying on the streets of Tibet are mercilessly shot by Chinese security forces. Tibet is under undeclared martial law and access for all outsiders including foreign media is completely blocked. Jonathan Watts of the Guardian newspaper who recently snuck into Tibet said “Being in Ngaba (eastern Tibet) reminded him of being in the ‘conflict zones’ in Iraq and Northern Ireland at the height of their trouble”.
This presentation will focus on the underlying causes of this unprecedented wave of self-immolations and provide more insight into how the Tibetan resistance is evolving.
Following the presentation, there will be an exhibit of “Tattoos of Tibetan Refugees” which explores resistance and cultural genocide through body art.
Jigme Ugen is a former president of RTYC MN, VP of SEIU Healthcare, MN, and a dedicated Tibetan activist. He has been touring colleges nationally to educate students about the severity of Tibet Burning and the actions to support Tibet’s Tsampa Revolution.
Heidi Minx is the founder of Built on Respect, a CGHR-partner. She actively writes about Tibetan issues, and was the first person to document the tattoos of Tibetan refugees and ex-political prisoners in the exile community of Dharamsala, India. The photo and video series captures political, defiance, cultural genocide, and personal accounts of victims of the CCP.
Tenzin Kunsel has been performing since she was five years old. After arriving in New York in 2003 at the age of eight, she has regularly performed in various fund raising events organized by New York’s Tibetan Organizations, including in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa.