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MMC6612, Fall 2010

Tibet Activism

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The political organization I choose to compare with Move is Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC). TYC was founded in 1970, India. It’s a worldwide organization struggle for the restoration of complete independence for the whole of Tibet. According to the website, TYC has emerged as the largest and most active non-governmental Organization of Tibetans in exile. It has more than 30,000 members worldwide.

The website of TYC shows a totally different layout from the Move, TYC’s website is consist of a series of news, and it’s not easy to find a visual focus at the first glance. On the contrarily, Move is more comprehensive then TYC, it’s well categorized and it use different colors to make a clear distinguishability. However, TYC puts more tabs on top of the website, so users could browse content that interests them, and get more information.

According to Rohlinger and Brown (2009), there are three major benefits of join online political organization: 1) it’s a free arena to speak 2) the anonymous character on the internet 3) it has mobilizing potential (p.134~p.136). First of all, Tibet is struggling to independent under the pressure of China government for a long time, they need a way to express their thoughts and raise their activities as broad as possible, and through internet, it’s without broader and limits. They not only run the online business, but also set multiple branches in several countries, in the hope of gathering more attention and resources.

Secondly, the trait of internet avoiding repression is obviously fit in this circumstance of TYC. The China government imprisoned activisms of Tibet independent supporters who claimed China should not hole the Olympic Games until Tibet is free. The anonymity of internet is important for some of the participants who are afraid of the authority. To put in other words, they are under the invisible shield of internet.

Last, TYC do call upon people to join their activities in real life. As the TYC album showed, there are a lot of participants join their protests. The potential of mobile people in front of the computer to the street is possible. However, under the high pressure of China government, it is important for TYC to gather more active forces to know, to support, to stand up for Tibet. The internet is defenitely a good way they can display their ideas to the world, instantly, unlimitedly, freely, and kind of safer way.

Here is an interesting video clip discussing the Great Firewall of China.

Check it out!


Written by fanninchen

October 18, 2010 at 5:31 am

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  1. Honestly speaking, I did not expect that so many people worldwide care about the independence of Tibet. I am confused why TYC is founded in India. There is IFTYC section with content of membership form. It turned out that an annual fee is charged for the members from $10 to $1000. The highest is for lifetime membership until Tibet is free. Instead of paying membership fee and donating online, members and supports have to mail their check to Tibet Youth Congress and TYC quarterly journal would be sent regularly to all the members and sponsors. It seems risky to become a member with personal addressed listed since Chinese government could identify the members and sponsors if they have access to the mailing list.


    October 18, 2010 at 10:47 pm

  2. I liked the clip you shared. The readings talked about people who precieved a threat if they were identified. There is nothing precieved about the threats of the Chinese government. It is hard for me to think about how I would make decisions about activism when the fear of gettting found out was so high. It’s a whole different realm than your child’s teacher thinking you are unpatriotic. Today, it’s the youth who are being the activists for Tibet. Will those same people continue to fight for civil rights their whole lives or pass the fight onto the next generation of youth?


    October 19, 2010 at 5:51 pm

  3. I find it interesting, especially in comparison to those interviewed in the article we read this week, that people are so willing to protest even in a place where the danger is so much more explicit. (Not just Tibet, but in any country where speaking out against the government is forbidden.) People in Tallahassee were scared to protest because there was a *chance* someone might respond negatively in their daily life, while people in Tibet and other countries are actively protesting when there is a strong likelihood that they could at least be arrested, if nothing else.

    This may tie to them having “less to lose” as was mentioned in class, but I wonder if it could also do with them having more to gain. Aren’t the stakes higher in establishing national independence than in, say, changing one law or policy of a standing government?


    October 21, 2010 at 7:09 pm

  4. I think Casey made a great point. From my point of view, people in Tallahassee are more afraid to protest compare to Tibet. Not only because people in Tallahassee “have more things to lose,” but also because of the context of these two political environments are different. United States might not be a “pure democratic country”, but at least it has more freedom in having dissent. United States citizen generally believe that people have their right to have different opinions and it is a citizen’s right. On the other hand, people in Tibet were more likely to be restricted to have dissent; sometimes they even have problems in expressing their own culture traits. I think it is not only the problem of sovereign, but also the problem of religion, life style and culture differences in Tibet issue.


    October 22, 2010 at 1:58 am

  5. Everything on this website is at least two years old. I think it is defunct, so it’s not a very good choice to compare to A better choice would be

    Mindy McAdams

    December 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm

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