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Tibet on Fire: Self-Immolations Against Chinese Rule #2020

Tibet on Fire Self Immolations Against Chinese Rule Why Tibetan monks are setting themselves on fireSince the uprising nearly Tibetan monks have set fire to themselves in protest at the Chinese occupation of their country Most have died from

  • Title: Tibet on Fire: Self-Immolations Against Chinese Rule
  • Author: Woeser
  • ISBN: 9781784781538
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tibet on Fire: Self-Immolations Against Chinese Rule By Woeser, Why Tibetan monks are setting themselves on fireSince the 2008 uprising, nearly 150 Tibetan monks have set fire to themselves in protest at the Chinese occupation of their country Most have died from their injuries Author Tsering Woeser is a prominent voice of the Tibetan movement, and one of the few Tibetan authors to write in Chinese Her stirring acts of resistance haWhy Tibetan monks are setting themselves on fireSince the 2008 uprising, nearly 150 Tibetan monks have set fire to themselves in protest at the Chinese occupation of their country Most have died from their injuries Author Tsering Woeser is a prominent voice of the Tibetan movement, and one of the few Tibetan authors to write in Chinese Her stirring acts of resistance have led to her house arrest, where she remains under close surveillance to this day Tibet On Fire is her account of the oppression Tibetans face and the ideals driving those who resist, both the self immolators and other Tibetans like herself.With a cover image designed by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, Tibet on Fire is angry and cogent a clarion call for the world to take action.

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    1. Short, impassioned essay by a Tibetan Chinese dissident about the phenomenon of self immolation, correctly describing it as a form of political protest against Chinese control of Tibet and restrictive policies e.g police presence, forced Chinese language learning over Tibetan, population transfers , and this is a desperate method to capture media attention The cover includes the names of some 150 persons who have died this way since 2009.

    2. Read on the WondrousBooks blog.The fact that I m the first and, so far, only person to review this book on says a lot about the topic of the book itself I will return to this later, because it s very important for the cause Tibet on Fire defends.Tsering Woeser and her husband Wang Lixiong are very prominent authors in China and defenders of the Tibetan cause as Woeser is 3 4 Tibetan herself Due to that fact, I m very happy I had the opportunity to receive this book through Netgalley, despite the [...]

    3. The vibrant, diverse culture of Tibet has fascinated me since my first exposure to it in Tibet A History by Sam Van Schaik and later and powerfully in The Story of Tibet Conversations with the Dalai Lama by Thomas Laird Tibet has an unquestionably independent culture and people with a rich history of empire fl 8th century CE , a complex monastic story some of which is not savory and massively exploitative of rural peasants , and a rather contradictory military past.Tibet is synonymous with repr [...]

    4. Han Chinese poet Zang Kejia had a short poem titled I I, A ball of fire, Scorch others And immolate myself On Feb 27, 2009, when a Tibetan monk named Tapey self immolated, he turned himself into a literal ball of fire His incendiary act of resistance sparked off similar protests by July 9, 2015, 146 Tibetans had chosen the path of self immolation 4 In her polemical analysis of the crisis in Tibet, activist Tsering Woeser examines several cases of self immolation in detail the protestors identiti [...]

    5. Since 2008 over 140 Tibetans have set themselves on fire as independent acts of non violent protest against the Chinese occupation of Tibet and the Chinese government s attempt to eradicate Tibetan culture and language They are an unprecedented expression of the despair felt by individual Tibetans at the apartheid like conditions under which they live race based denial of free movement, constant surveillance, harsh repression For someone who does not live under such a system, it is hard to image [...]

    6. I received this book for free through NetGalleyI m not going to say much on this just yet except that it was incredibly thought provoking.

    7. She elegantly discusses the detractors who claim that instrumentally, self immolation is utterly fruitless What is this fruitfulness What is usefulness That cynical reason is synonymous with pragmatic maneuvering, i.e mercantile exchange qua capitalist strategies to maximize profit, rather than moral vanguarding, that is, to expose and contest the depravities of society, is a disconcerting realization In fact, the liquidation of the meaning of fruitfulness and usefulness their surrender in lieu [...]

    8. This book is just a little over 100 pages long and is packed full of information But it was such an eye opener of an area of thof I world that up until now I honestly did not know a lot about oth then that Tibetan monks existed mostly thanks to Brad Pitts movie seven years in Tibet.This book really showcases the struggles the tibtian people still have to live through and fight through and give their lives to I hopes that those that surviv will have it better because of their sacrifice I can t ev [...]

    9. I read the book in one sitting This book was painful to read and left me tear eyed, but I was glad that I bought the book and spent a few hours in deep thought I could feel everything the writer was feeling In many places, if you changed Tibet with Estonia and China with Russia it was really the same terror here, in my home country 50 years ago, until the 90s So, my heart goes out to all Tibetans I hope that the world will come to see the terror as it is There is nothing I could really say Than [...]

    10. This is a really difficult book to read not because of the writing, but because of the subject matter I ve heard of Tibetans self immolating, but I didn t realize just how many cases there were It s not something that you really hear about in western media.Overall I like the author s writing style, but I wish it would have been engaging and personal such as involving interviews with Tibetans and the family members of those who self immolated, though I realize this might be difficult to do.

    11. Silence today can only bring silence tomorrow Just as Tibetans are taking action, so must the world In this work of ours, all things and all living beings are connected When the people of Tibet are oppressed to a point at which they choose the path of self immolation, this must be a matter of concern not only for the Tibetan people, but but for all of humanity.

    12. Woeser honours the memory of the almost 150 Tibetans who have to date taken the unimaginable step of setting themselves alight in protest at the brutal repression by the Chinese of Tibetan culture, language and way of life A civilisation is being annihilated and the world turns away How many Tibetans have to die before we speak up

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