When: May 4, 2010
From: 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Topic: Tibet: Liberation or Oppression?
Speaker: Charles Bergman
Cost: $26/CIR Members
$32/Non-members & Guests
So what is really going on in Tibet? Is China an oppressor or a liberator? What does the historical record say? Who is the Dalai Lama, and what is his agenda? And what are the stakes if Americans take an increasingly critical stance toward China, Asia’s emerging superpower? We’ll explore these questions in what promises to be a lively, thought-provoking lecture.
The 2008 Olympics in Beijing brought intense scrutiny to China and provoked heated criticism of China’s policies in Tibet. From Paris to San Francisco to Sydney, protesters harshly denounced China’s alleged abuses of the Tibetan people. These protests have angered China’s government and stoked the fires of fervent nationalism among Chinese citizens. But where many Westerners see oppression of peaceful Buddhists, the Chinese see unwarranted meddling in their internal affairs and a failure to appreciate what their liberation has done for the Tibetans.
Charles Bergman is a member of the history faculty at the Albuquerque Academy. He earned master’s degrees from both Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. He has traveled extensively in the Far East and written knowledgably about Modern China.